By: Wahid Rafeeqi
Saderkoot: The Bandipora district on Tuesday reported its first case of avian influenza as samples taken from dead domestic geese returned positive for the disease.
Dc Bandipora Dr Owais Ahmad said samples from dead domestic geese have returned positive for H5N8 from Saderkoot Payeen village of Bandipora.
“This is a first positive case in Bandipora district but there is no need to panic. A rapid response team has been deployed in the area and the department has taken necessary measures in accordance with the government guidelines to prevent the spread of the infection,” he said.
The DC said an avian influenza case has been detected in the district.
“Habituation within 1 km radius from the epicentre viz Khar Mohalla, Hajam Mohalla & Gojjerpatti village of Saderkoot Payeen are declared as “infected zone”. Villages within 10Kms radius from epicentre viz Saderkoot Bala, Ajas, Check Sadunara, Garoora and Nadihal are declared as ‘Surveillance Zone’,” he said. (KNS)