Uttarakhand on bird flu alert, over 500 bird samples tested from Kumaon region

Over 500 poultry samples from totally different farms within the Kumaon area have been examined because the state continues to stay on alert over avian influenza.

Dr Ravindra Chandra, chief veterinary officer of Almora district, mentioned, “Over 500 samples from totally different poultry farms from Bageshwar, Pithoragarh and Almora districts have been examined prior to now one and half months. There is no such thing as a case of chook flu in poultry farms throughout the state up to now. We’re taking all precautions with common sanitisation and testing.”

In the meantime, a press launch issued by the Press Info Bureau (PIB) by means of the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying on Friday talked about, “Until January 22, 2021, outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Chook flu) have been confirmed in 9 states (Kerala, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab) for poultry birds…. Avian Influenza has been confirmed in poultry samples from Almora (RK Pura, Hawalbagh) district of Uttarakhand…”

Nonetheless, officers from the state animal husbandry division mentioned that there’s some confusion with the outcomes and that no poultry animal within the state has examined optimistic for chook flu.

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“As a part of common monitoring, we had despatched samples of poultry from RK Puram and Hawal Bagh for testing in mid-December, the outcomes of which have now come out to be optimistic. This could possibly be a false optimistic report as not one of the poultry have proven any signs, neither has there been any mortality. We have now despatched a report on this to the state animal husbandry division which is in talks with the Centre concerning the matter,” added Dr Chandra.

Dr BC Karnatak, extra director of Kumaon division for animal husbandry division, mentioned that common samples are being collected from totally different poultry farms throughout the area and being examined at two centres – Rudrapur in Udham Singh Nagar district and Hawalbagh in Almora.

“We’re wanting into the matter of samples testing optimistic for Avian influenza from Almora, because the samples have been despatched round December 15, when there was no case of chook flu. The kind of pattern which has examined optimistic is just not all the time a powerful indicator of chook flu. As of now, there isn’t a case of chook flu in poultry farms within the state,” mentioned Dr Karnatak.

Up to now, deaths of hens have been reported from poultry farms in Udham Singh Nagar and Tehri Garhwal districts. Seven hens have been discovered lifeless in a poultry farm in Bajpur space of US Nagar district on Wednesday. On Tuesday, round 150 hens have been discovered lifeless in a poultry farm in Tehri Garhwal district. Samples from the farms have been despatched for testing.

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