Bird Flu Scare: Many Crows Die Mysteriously Across Jammu

Jammu: Amid Bird Flu scare, authorities have asked all the allied government departments to stay alert in Jammu and Kashmir after reports of death of birds from various districts of Jammu province poured in.

Officials said that reports of death of crows were received from Jammu, Rajouri and Udhampur districts following which field staff has been asked to remain vigilant.

"We are keeping close vigil on the situation and 24 hours surveillance is being kept at Gharana wetland where migratory birds visit,” Anil Atri, Wildlife warden Jammu said.

He added that after reports of death of birds in Udhampur, Rajouri, Jammu areas, the expert teams were pressed and samples were collected which have been sent to laboratories outside Jammu and Kashmir also.

Pertinently, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday had announced a complete ban on import of poultry items into the Union Territory till January 14.

 “In the wake of spread of bird flu in neighbouring states of J&K as a measure of abundant precaution and in view of declaration of whole J&K as “Controlled Area” for bird flu disease. Government of UT J&K imposes complete ban on import of live birds including poultry and unprocessed poultry meet for any purpose into the union territory of J&K with immediate effect,” the order issued by Navin K Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the government read.

It had further said that the decision on the import ban will be reviewed based on the evolving situation.

The order on banning poultry imports come a day after government had said that no cases of bird flu or avian influenza have been detected in the union territory. —(With KNO inputs)

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