Bird flu: Sample from Srinagar tests positive

A pattern from a poultry chicken lifted from Srinagar was reported optimistic for avian influenza on Wednesday, necessitating culling and different containment measures within the neighborhood from at present. That is the primary affirmation of contaminated poultry in Srinagar and the primary culling drive right here.

Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Shah, Joint Director Poultry division (Animal Husbandry division) stated culling was ordered on Thursday and will probably be carried out for 3 days. The pattern, he stated, was taken from a yard farm within the Balgarden space of Srinagar two weeks in the past. “It was a carcass pattern and we had despatched it exterior for testing. The affirmation was obtained on 17 March,” he stated whereas detailing the occasion.

Dr Shah stated all of the birds, home and industrial, within the 1 km neighborhood of the spot from the place the pattern was taken will probably be slaughtered to forestall the unfold of avian influenza. He nevertheless stated that it was

unlikely that there was any “widespread” an infection within the space given the “no different hostile occasion” has been reported from the spot.

A letter by Animal Husbandry division to District Administration Srinagar states that Joint Secretary Animal Husbandry and Dairying (GoI) has confirmed H5N8 an infection within the pattern (dated 07 March) examined at Reference Laboratory (ICAR-NISHAD). The letter has known as for “obligatory actions as listed within the Motion Plan of Animal Husbandry”.  The motion, Dr Shah, would come with fumigation and elevated surveillance for the chicken flu within the space. “That is the primary time we could have culling in Srinagar district,” he stated.

As per the information relating to the incidence of avian influenza in Kashmir division, 33 samples have examined optimistic for H5N8 out of 1157. Of those, 4 samples have been from the poultry birds and 29 from crows. Dr Shah stated crows seem like essentially the most affected birds by avian influenza in Kashmir and though strict surveillance was being maintained on poultry, there was very low incidence of the flu. He stated samples had been being examined on the Analysis Laboratory of the division and in case a affirmation was required, the pattern was despatched to a reference lab exterior the UT as properly.

The circumstances embody the report of an infection amongst geese in Bandipora the place a culling drive was carried out final month. One pattern from Baramulla district from a industrial poultry chicken was additionally reported optimistic final month.

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