SRINAGAR, FEB 23 A Cases of avian influenza (H5N8) popularly known as bird flu have been reported among dead crows in Wadipora village of Shopian district.
An official said that some dead Crows were found few days before in the village, after which their samples were taken which have tested positive.
District Magistrate Shopian Sachin Kumar vaishyal has issued immediate necessary precautions to prevent spread of infection to the poultry birds.
“Whereas, ICAR-NISHAD (OIE Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza) has confirmed that the samples of dead crows in the district arei positive for Avian Influenza Virus H5N8, reads the order issued by district magistrate
Whereas, the epicenter of the positive samples has been reported in village Wadipora, Tehsil Chitragam, District Shopian, whereas, it is imperative on the part of administration that immediate necessary action should be taken in order to prevent spread of infection to the poultry birds as well as to the general masses, order further reads
Therefore, in view of the above, in exercise of the powers vested in me under section 144 CPC, I, Sachin Kumar Vaishya, IAS ,District Magistrate, Shopian do hereby order that:-Declaration of area within I km from the epicentre in village Wadiporai as infected zone, Declaration of 10 kms of area from the epicentre as an “Alert Zone”, there shall be complete restriction on arrival of poultry meat within thei infected zone, chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Shopian shall ensure sample survey and backyard poultry population survey in the zone from the epicentre, Chief Medical Officer, Shopian shall ensure surveillance of health of general public in and around epicentre, in case of culling of birds, Executive Engineer, R&B Division, Shopian shall ensure availability of necessary machinery and equipments as and when required for dumping of the dead birds and divisional Forest Officer, Wild Life, Shopian shall coordinate with Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Shopian for collection, dis-infection and fumigation of the areas where wild birds and migratory birds are found, order further added
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