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Bird Flue First avian influenza case confirmed in Baramulla, Ten Kilometers from epicenter declared as “Alert Zone”

Manzoor Sheeri

Baramulla 27 February The Baramulla town on Saturday reported its first case of avian influenza as samples of poultry bird taken from “Khan Chicken Point” in Iqbal Market Baramulla which was declared as Positive.
According to animal Husbandry Baramulla shell keep the aforementioned area market under surveillance and conduct random sampling within 10 Kilometers of the said shop.further the following measures are to be strictly adhered to avoid further spreed of the disease.
Meanwhile animal Husbandry Sources said to city express corspondent that a sample of poultry bird “Chicken” from Iqbal market in Old town Baramulla was taken, which was declared positive.He added that the bird which was confirmed positive of Avian influenza was from District pulwama.
Director Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir vide letter number DAHK/Tech/A-59/18534-40 Dated: 24.02 2021 has intimated that a sample of poultry from lqbal Market, Old Town Baramula has been declared positive for Avian Influenza virus (HSN8) by the ICAR NISHAD and it has been recommended that surveillance of the affected areas be intensified besides declaring the epicenters as Alert Zones to check the spread of the Influenza, reads the order issued by district magistrate Baramulla.
Further, the following measures are to be strictly adhered to, to avoid further spread of the disease, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Baramulla, Wild Life Warden North and Divisional Forest Officer, Kamraj shall intensify surveillance within the Notified Zones and shall also conduct random sampling of organized Poultry Farms and backyard poultry units within Alert Zone, besides keeping a vigil on other birds, Bio-security has to be strengthened & disinfection in the entire area where the mortality in birds has been reported, to be carried out in collaboration with Forest Department, the dead birds (if any) should be disposed off by deep burial, For sample collection and testing, the whole birds may be sent to lab, dead bird(s) should not be kept in open without ensuring bio-safety and zoo-sanitary measures, surveillance of poultry may be also intensified in the area, to and fro movement of poultry/ poultry products and vehicles carrying the same to be stopped, No movement of poultry, eggs, dead carcasses, manure, used Litter, arm machinery, equipment of any such material should be allowed to and from the alert zone, to prevent spread of disease to other Poultry birds & human beings, the guidelines already circulated by Animal Husbandry Department may be adhered to in letter and spirit, Forest & Wildlife Department shall make all necessary measures to prevent the spread of disease, An updated report in respect of the aforesaid area epicenter shall be sent immediately to the Animal Husbandry Department as well as this office and Tehsildar/ SHO concerned shall keep a strict vigil in the said area and shall ensure that advisory is adhered to in letter and spirit and they shall remain in contact with Nodal Officer Bind Flue (Poultry Development Officer, Baramulla) contact No. 7780958162,”.

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