Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday reported the first case of avian flu in poultry birds in Baramulla district, officials said.
Samples of poultry from the northern district’s Iqbal Market which were taken for testing have turned out positive, Animal husbandry experts said.
Following the positive tests, ten kilometers from the epicenter has been declared as an ‘alert zone’.
An order issued by district magistrate in Baramulla noted: “that a sample of poultry from Iqbal Market has been declared positive for Avian Influenza virus (HSN8), it has been recommended that surveillance of the affected areas be intensified…”
“Now, therefore, in view of above, a radius of 10 KM from the Khan Chicken point Iqbal Market, Old Town Baramulla is hereby declared as ‘alert zone’.”
The Animal husbandry department has been asked to keep the market under surveillance and conduct random sampling.
Pertinently, so far cases of Avian Influenza have been reported among crows in eight districts of J&K and among domestic birds in two districts.
While the cases of deaths in all categories of birds are on a rise, the J&K administration had on Friday said that the poultry sector was “free from avian influenza”.
It had said that better testing had been employed to test for the viral infection in poultry.
The administration said ELISA testing for bird flu had been instituted at the laboratory at Zakura in Srinagar and it was possible to get reports within two days now.
After cases of avian influenza were reported among crows in Anantnag and Shopian districts of south Kashmir, more samples had tested positive for the disease among domestic geese in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday.
A gaggle of geese that were taken from Saderkoot Payeen village in Hajin, had tested positive.