As Govt Lifts Ban On Poultry Import In J&K, Avian Influenza Confirmed In Crows, Migratory Birds In Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Days after the government lifted the ban on poultry import in the Union Territory, the authorities on Friday confirmed Avian Flu (Bird Flu) among the crows and migratory birds in the Valley.

According to the news agency KNO, officials said that Avian flu has been reported at four places among migratory birds and crows while no case of Avian flu has been reported in poultry birds so far.

They said the four places where Avian flu has been confirmed include Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Budgam.

Soon after Avain flu cases were reported, the government has issued instructions to do surveillance within one km radius and take samples from Poultry farms also, they said.

Nodal Officer for Avain flu in Kashmir province, Dr Mushtaq Shah confirmed that cases of Avian flu have been reported in Kashmir division among Crows and some wild birds (Migratory birds).

He said that the necessary precautions are being taken in this regard.

Pertinently, around nine States in India had reported cases of Avian flu earlier.

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