First cases of Avian influenza confirmed in J-K’s Udhampur, Poonch

Samples of three useless birds have examined constructive for Avian influenza within the Udhampur and Poonch districts of Jammu area, a senior official mentioned Sunday.

Precautionary measures, together with culling of birds, have been put in place within the districts since to curb the unfold of the an infection.

The Deputy Director (Poultry and Analysis) of the Animal Husbandry Division, Jammu, D D Dogra, mentioned whereas samples from a peacock and a home fowl have returned constructive for H1N8 from Juganu block in Udhampur, a wild crow was examined constructive for H5N1 from Mandi space of Poonch.

“These are the primary constructive instances in Jammu area however there isn’t any have to panic as a majority of the check reviews are adverse,” Dogra advised information company PTI.

“Since a home fowl and a peacock had been examined constructive for chook flu in Udhampur, we’ve began culling of the birds in a single km and lively surveillance in 1-10 km radius,” he added.

Dogra mentioned the division had to date collected and dispatched 218 samples for testing at Jalandhar in Punjab.

“Barring the three constructive reviews from Udhampur and Poonch, which had been cross-checked from the Bhopal laboratory, 115 reviews got here adverse whereas the results of remainder of the instances is awaited,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the division had taken 40 samples from automobiles carrying poultry birds to Jammu and Kashmir at Lakhanpur entry level and all of the reviews got here adverse.

“We additionally dispatched a number of samples of birds which had been discovered useless in Bathindi space of Jammu not too long ago. These too got here adverse,” he mentioned, including normally it takes per week for a pattern to get examined at Jhalandar laboratory however these examined constructive are being cross-checked at Bhopal lab.

After the constructive report of a useless crow in Mandi, Poonch district authorities mentioned samples of all gross sales factors and yard poultry shall be taken inside one kilometer and common surveillance maintained by the Animal Husbandry Division.

“No pattern of home poultry chook examined constructive to date,” an official mentioned.

On 5 January, Jammu and Kashmir sounded an alert and began amassing samples of birds throughout the Union Territory after neighboring Himachal Pradesh reported instances of chook flu.

Earlier, 4 samples examined constructive for avian influenza from completely different components of Kashmir.

With inputs from companies.

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