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 As bird flu continues to spread across India, the risk of the disease being transmitted to Bangladesh is quite high, reports Jagonews24.  To prevent such outbreak in the country, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock penned letters to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Commerce and Shipping to increase surveillance in the border areas in order to stop poultry such as chicken, chicks and ducks from entering the country.  Besides, the Livestock Department has also been directed to take necessary steps by testing samples in the nearby labs collected from dead poultry or poultry with unusual symptoms.
 Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Raunak Mahmud disclosed that the Ministry of Commerce were notified about this because they deal with importing, the Shipping Ministry were informed as they have authority of the country’s land ports while the Home Ministry has authority over Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) and Bangladesh Coast Guard, reports Dhaka Tribune.
 The government department has also been asked to ensure an adequate supply of PPEs and test kits to district and upazila veterinary hospitals and laboratories, ensure bio-safety in farms, conduct widespread campaigns to warn farmers and verify the existing stock of vaccines for preventing bird flu from spreading.