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Avian Influenza confirmed in crows, migratory birds in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Days after the government lifted ban on poultry import in the Union Territory, the authorities on Friday confirmed Avian Flu (Bird Flu) among the crows amd migratory birds in the Valley.

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

They said the four places where Avain 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 Avain flu have been reported in Kashmir division among Crows and some wild birds (Migratory birds).

He said that necessary precautions are being taken in this regard. Pertinently, around nine States in India had reported cases of Avain flu earlier.


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