India has declared itself free from highly pathogenic avian influenza and notified the World Organisation for Animal Health of its status, according to reports.


The last outbreak of H5N1 in India was on September 19, 2011. A country can declare itself free of bird flu if there is no outbreak of the disease for three consecutive months. At the time, control measures taken included the destruction of eggs, feed, litter and other infected materials in a radius of 3 kilometers around each outbreak location, restriction on movement of poultry and poultry products to and from the area of outbreak, disinfection and cleaning up of infected premises. The final disinfection process was completed at the end of September 2011.