Current Affairs


  • In the wake of the bird flu scare in Delhi and other parts, the Centre has set up a high-level committee to monitor the situation and help state governments take steps to contain the disease.
  • A control room (with telephone numbers 011-23384190 and 09448324121) has been set up in the Department of Animal Husbandry, Union Agriculture Ministry to provide advice and help round the clock.
  • Avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, is an infectious viral disease of birds. Most avian influenza viruses do not infect humans but some of them can cause serious infections in people.
  • Birds in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala have tested positive for avian influenza AH5N8, which according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is considered less risky of being transmitted to humans.
  • Centre has constituted committee headed by Joint Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries (DADF) to maintain constant vigil on the situation arising out of avian influenza (H5N8).