India’s minister for animal husbandry on Friday confirmed that that avian influenza popularly known as bird flu has been confirmed among poultry and crows in Kashmir.
The minister, Sanjeev Kumar Balyan informed the upper house of Indian Parliament that the avian influenza cases have been confirmed among crows and poultry in seven districts of Kashmir.
He said that avian influenza cases have been confirmed in crows in Pulwama, Anantnag, Budgam, Kulgam, Baramulla and Poonch and influenza has been confirmed among poultry in Udhampur.
He said that advisories in this regard were issued to for increased surveillance and bio security in poultry farms and they have been asked to increase surveillance around water bodies, live bird markets, zoos, poultry farms and also carry out proper disposal of carcasses and take precautionary measures.
He further added that they have been asked to set up control rooms to monitor daily progress of preventive and control measures.
Indian recently asked its administration in Kashmir to lift the ban on import of poultry from Indian states despite over 10 states reporting cases of bird flu.