Ranikhet Disease Hits Kashmir Chicken

SRINAGAR: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today directed the concerned authorities to make only healthy chicken, free from all diseases available in the market so that the consumers are saved from any sort of health problem on account of suspected Ranikhet disease of chicken.

Div Com was addressing a high level meeting of officers here this evening, convened to review the unusual mortality of chicken in some areas of the Valley which include Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Baseer Ahmed Khan, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Dr. G.N. Qasba, Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir, Dr. G.R. Mir, Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir, Dr. Javed Ahmed, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman, Deputy Excise Commissioner, Tasaduq Jeelani, Deputy Director CAPD Kashmir, Shafqat Iqbal, President Poultry Dealers Association, Parvez Ahmed Wani and various Poultry farmers of the Valley.

Dr. Samoon asked Director, Animal Husbandry, Kashmir to constitute teams at district level for inspection of all poultry farms and ensure that the birds are properly vaccinated to contain the diseases and Chief Animal Husbandry Officers will issue certificates to the effect that the birds are properly vaccinated and free from all diseases, before the birds are sold in the market. In the absence of such certificate, the poultry birds can be impounded by the District Administration. Director Animal Husbandry was also directed to ensure that day old chicks are subjected to rigorous test at Lower Munda at the time of import.

It is pertinent to mention, Ranikhet disease is not communicable to humans and the virus gets destroyed with heat while cooking. But as a precautionary measure instructions were given to all officers to keep a watch so as to curb the disease and prevent its spread.

Dr. Samoon directed to ensure that the poultry farmers make use of face mask and gloves while handling chicken to prevent conjunctivitis and influenza. Director Animal Husbandry was further asked to inform the public, through media about the precautionary measures required to be taken.

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