Reyaz Rashid

First case of bird flu confirmed in poultry in Bla

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10 Kms from epicenter declared as ‘alert zone’, say officials

Baramulla: After crows, the first case of Avian Influenza or bird flu has been confirmed in the poultry in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday.

An order issued by District Magistrate Ajaiz Assad said that a sample of poultry from Iqbal market Baramulla was taken, which was declared positive following which 10 kilometres from the epicenter has been declared as ‘alert zone’.

“Director Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir vide letter DAIIK/Tech/A-59/18534-40 Dated: 24.02 2021 has intimated that a sample of poultry from lqbal Market, Old Town Baramulla has been declared positive for Avian Influenza virus (HSN8) by the ICAR NISHAD and it has been recommended that surveillance of the affected areas be intensified besides declaring the epicenters as alert zones to check the spread of the influenza,” reads the order issued by District Magistrate Baramulla.

“Now, therefore, in view of above, a radius of 10 km from the Khan Chicken point Iqbal Market, Old Town Baramulla, is hereby declared as ‘alert zones’. Accordingly, Animal Husbandry department shall keep the aforementioned area/market under surveillance and conduct random sampling within 10 km of the said shop,” it further added.

Pertinently, so far cases of avian influenza have been reported among crows in eight districts of J&K and among domestic birds in two districts of J&K.

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