Bird flu thins down in Kashmir – Greater Kashmir

In what might give a sigh of aid to all, no pattern has been discovered optimistic for avian influenza (fowl flu) previously one week in Kashmir, the primary time previously three months.

Officers imagine that the circulation of the viral an infection has thinned down drastically now.

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For the reason that third week of January, when fowl flu testing was began in Srinagar’s Vaccine Manufacturing and Analysis Middle Zakura, almost 1500 samples have been examined there, official information reveals. Over the previous 10 weeks, 33 samples of 1490 that underwent testing have been discovered optimistic. Nonetheless, since 19 March, of the 316 samples examined within the Kashmir division, not a single has been discovered contaminated with any pressure of avian influenza. As well as, no fowl dying has been reported to the federal government previously six days, Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Shah, Joint Director Poultry Division Kashmir mentioned.

The unfold of fowl flu throughout India had hit the poultry sector throughout the UT.

Dr Shah mentioned the sale of poultry fell significantly as individuals most well-liked avoiding the meat for worry of contracting the flu. “Though getting contaminated with well-cooked poultry and poultry merchandise just isn’t attainable, fowl flu scare at all times creates such a state of affairs,” he mentioned.

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Previously three months, 4 samples of poultry have been discovered optimistic. In a primary culling drive, over 500 birds, largely yard reared, have been culled in Bandipora final month. Earlier this month, a pattern from poultry was discovered optimistic in Srinagar too.

J&Okay Authorities, in wake of the unfold of avian flu had restricted the entry of poultry birds into the UT. “A lot of the birds being bought in Kashmir presently are domestically bred,” Dr Shah mentioned including that the division was inspecting and sampling the poultry farms in each district as a part of its surveillance,” he mentioned.

The division has maintained that there was ‘sparse exercise” of the fowl flu in Kashmir and that the poultry sector within the UT was largely free from the viral an infection.

“Now we’re extra assured given our enhance in surveillance and testing and the drastic lower within the variety of circumstances, together with these in crows and different birds,” he mentioned.

In Kashmir, rise in mortality of crows was reported since February this 12 months, with lots of the samples from carcasses testing optimistic.

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