Bird flu: No domestic birds found infected yet

Amid avian influenza fears, the Poultry Division at the moment mentioned that no home birds in Kashmir division had been discovered contaminated with the virus, among the many 430 samples that had been examined.

Avian influenza has been confirmed in samples taken from useless crows and droppings in six districts of Kashmir, Joint Director Poultry (Animal and Sheep Husbandry Division), Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Shah mentioned. He mentioned that 430 samples had been examined in Kashmir until date. Of those, he mentioned, within the earlier week, extra samples from wild crows had been discovered optimistic. Nevertheless, no pattern from poultry farms and yard birds had been discovered contaminated with the virus.

“We’ve got examined over 300 focused samples along with testing 130 samples from areas the place mortality was reported from,” Dr Shah mentioned.

In Jammu division, Dr Shah mentioned, avian influenza had been reported in home birds from “a few districts”. He mentioned Kashmir had taken further measures to safeguard poultry. “No poultry is being allowed into the Kashmir division earlier than it’s examined,” he mentioned including that the samples have been being examined at Lakhanpur.

The Poultry Division, he mentioned, was set to start out superior ELISA checks for avian flu at Zakura facility. “We’re procuring the kits and that will assist us to additional improve our capability in addition to reliability in testing,” he mentioned.

J&Okay is amongst 14 states wherefrom avian influenza has been confirmed.

The central meals regulatory authority, FSSAI, has issued detailed tips on safeguarding human well being. It says that almost all strains of avian influenza virus are primarily discovered within the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts of contaminated birds, and never in meat. Nevertheless, extremely pathogenic viruses, such because the H5N1 pressure, unfold to just about all elements of an contaminated hen, together with meat.

“Extremely pathogenic avian influenza virus might be discovered inside and on the floor of eggs laid by contaminated birds,” it says.  The rules state that until date, no proof signifies that anybody has change into contaminated following the consumption of correctly cooked poultry or poultry merchandise, even when these meals have been contaminated with the avian influenza virus.

Nevertheless, with the information of avian influenza in different birds, the poultry sector has taken a success in J&Okay and throughout India.

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