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Bird flu outbreak: Invoke steps under Health Act, Kerala minister directs officials

Apr 21,2024

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.

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.

Source: Healthwold

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