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Bird flu: Invoke steps under health act, Kerala min to officials

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health minister

Veena George

has instructed the director of

health department

to take further action under

Kerala Public Health Act

, 2023, in the wake of

bird flu outbreak

in two wards in

Alappuzha

.

BIRD FLU GFX

Panchayat-level committees

under the Act have been instructed to meet urgently in all the panchayats of Alappuzha.
Nearby panchayats and municipalities are under surveillance and should be monitored at the district level and progress reports should be reported at state level.

It has also been directed to strengthen ‘One Health’ committees in all districts, she said.

The minister said bird flu has not affected humans in the state till date. However, prior precautions are necessary to prevent spreading. Everyone should follow the health department’s guidelines. The department is monitoring fever and other symptoms in the affected areas. People in these areas should consult their doctor if they develop any respiratory problems.

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