Mizoram government has banned the import of birds and eggs from neighbouring Manipur after reports of prevalence of avian influenza or bird flu in Manipur, a senior Animal Husbandry official said Friday.

Mizoram Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department secretary K Lalnghinglova told PTI that the Deputy Commissioners of Aizawl, Kolasib and Champhai districts were instructed to take necessary actions and issue prohibitory order.

Temporary check gate would be established at Khawkawn village in Champhai district, initially for two months, to enforce the ban, Lalnghinglova said, adding that control centres were reactivated at the Directorate of AH and Veterinary in Aizawl and Kolasib and Champhai district headquarters. “We have instructed the veterinary officers in all the eight districts to increase vigilance in their respective areas,” he said.

The state government also issued an appeal to the people to notify the authorities if they hear any death of two or three chickens in a place.

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