Concerted efforts to tackle the obstinate bird flu epidemic seem to have paid off.
With the last of its cleaning and disinfecting drive in West Bengal on June 8th and no outbreak since May 27th this year, India has declared itself Bird flu or Avian Influenza (H5N1) free.
An official communication to this effect has been sent to the World Organisation for Animal health on Oct 22.
Many regions of Assam, Sikkim and West Bengal had reported bird flu cases -which had infected the poultry - between November 2008 and May 2009.
No outbreak has been reported since May 27th
As per international norm, it is mandatory to communicate the bird flu status to The World Organisation for Animal Health, in the event of an outbreak or if the same has been controlled.