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Cablegate: Avian Influenza - Manipur Sitrep, July 23 2007

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R 261222Z JUL 07
FM AMCONSUL KOLKATA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1612
INFO RUCNCLS/ALL SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA COLLECTIVE
RUEHRC/DEPT OF AGRICULTURE WASHINGTON DC
RUEAUSA/DEPT OF HHS WASHINGTON DC
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UNCLAS KOLKATA 000220

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AIAG - HSUMMERS, JLANGE, TNEWTON
DEPT PLS PASS TO HHS-WSTEIGER, DBELL, CHICKEY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KFLU SENV TBIO EAGR PGOV IN BM BG
SUBJECT: AVIAN INFLUENZA - MANIPUR SITREP, JULY 23 2007

REF: KOLKATA 217, KOLKATA 219

1. (U) The National Institute of Virology in Pune reported
that the virus detected in the samples taken from the dead
poultry in Manipur is H5N1. The Manipur government has set up a
control room as part of the GOI Action Plan for Preparedness,
Control and Containment of Avian Influenza. Contact information
for Control Room operations is: Dr. Dorendra Singh 0385- 2450224
(direct line); 098564-54231 (mobile phone). The Deputy
Commissioner (DC) of Manipur's East Imphal district has been
designated as lead officer. The State Animal Husbandry and
Veterinary Department along with the State Health Department has
been designated as lead agencies for plan implementation.

2. (U) As indicated in Reftels, the state government is taking
the following steps:

-- Banning the movement of poultry and poultry products in the
infected areas.
-- Closing poultry and egg markets and shops within 10 km of the
infected site.
-- Banning the movement of poultry farm personnel.
-- Restricting access to the infected site.
-- Cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing the site.
-- Conducting post-operation surveillance.

3. (U) Initial reports had 132 out of 144 birds at the
Chingmeirong poultry farm reported dead from the virus. On July
26, after a delay due to heavy rains, culling of domesticated
birds began within a 5 km radius of the infected farm.
Surveillance will be carried out within a radius of 5-10 km.
Culling operations will lead to an estimated loss of Rupees (Rs)
6 million (approximately USD 150,000) to Manipur's economy.
This excludes losses incurred by traders due to fall in demand.
The state government will compensate poultry owners for the
destruction of birds. Compensation is to be paid immediately at
the rate of Rs 10 (25 cents) per chick, Rs. 40 (one dollar) for
egg-layers and Rs 30 (75 cents) for broilers.

4. (U) So far, none of the farm workers and family members at
the Chingmeirong poultry farm has shown symptoms of Avian
Influenza. 21 people living on the farm are being administered
Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as a prophylaxis. Nine veterinary workers
are also getting Tamiflu. The drug is being distributed through
the government health system.

5. (U) Media reports say that a rapid response team (RRT) from
New Delhi is arriving in Imphal on July 26 and will participate
in culling of birds with the assistance of rapid response teams
from the state veterinary and health departments. The State
Public Works Department is likely to be roped in for culling and
disposal of birds. 40 RRTs, including 20 standby RRTs have been
put in place for household surveys, monitoring, and medical
examination if necessary. The RRTs include one medical officer
assisted by three health supervisors and 30 health workers.

6. (U) The State Health Department says they have an adequate
stock of Tamiflu tablets, personal protection equipment (PPE)
and N-95 masks. A 10-bed isolation ward has been set up at
Jawarlal Nehru Hospital in Imphal.

7. Comment: The GOI response to the outbreak appears to be
quick and effective so far. Because access to Manipur by
diplomatic personnel is restricted, Consulate Kolkata is sending
an FSN from its Pol/Econ section to Imphal tomorrow to assess
the situation.

JARDINE

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