Bird Flu Panic In Uri After Birds Fall Dead

Srinagar: As the threat of bird flu looms large over Jammu and Kashmir, several crows and kites were found dead in Uri area of Baramulla district from the last two days, reports said Monday.

According to locals, the crows and kites were found dead in villages like Chollan, Dani Seydan and Paranpillan, triggering panic among locals.

The locals requested the local administration to send the teams to the villages to ascertain the cause of deaths.

Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Baramulla Dr Syed Mohammad Anwar Andrabi said that there was no need to panic.

“They might have died due to starvation or cold. We are looking into it,” he said, adding, “A team will be sent to these villages tomorrow. They will also be collecting the samples for testing, GNS news agency reported.”

No Avian Death In Hokersar Wetland: Govt

Meanwhile in Srinagar officials said no bird deaths have been reported from Hokersar wetland — Kashmir largest and the most prominent wetland — even as a sustained surveillance and monitoring campaign for bird flu has been launched in the valley.

A team of experts from the Institute of Animal Health and Biological Products (IAH&BP), Zakura, Animal Husbandry Department, Kashmir, in coordination with the Wildlife Protection Department, Kashmir, visited the wetland Monday to set in motion sustained surveillance and monitoring for bird flu (Avian Influenza) here, an official spokesman said.

He said the team from IAH&BP collected 21 samples in accordance with the laid down guidelines and standard operating procedures for avian influenza which are being forwarded to High Security Animal Disease Lab, Bhopal and RDDL Jalandhar for further testing.

The spokesman said a wildlife veterinarian, accompanying the team, informed that no deaths in birds were reported from the Hokersar wetland — the largest and most prominent of wetlands in Kashmir.

The team made an awareness presentation to the staff posted at Hokersar and advised them to remain vigilant for immediate reporting of any signs/symptoms of avian influenza or deaths in the wild birds that have migrated to Kashmir valley presently, the spokesman said.

He said the Wildlife Warden for wetlands, Hokersar, Ifshan Dewan, informed the team that almost 1.5 lakh birds of different species are presently stationed at Hokersar for breeding as well as winter nesting.

Meanwhile, surveillance samples were also taken from the Dal Lake and adjoining areas for testing, the spokesman added.

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