Mysterious disease kills poultry in India
A mysterious disease is killing poultry by the thousands in the district of Baramulla (India). A large number of poultry died on a single poultry farm in the Amargarh area past Sunday. Local authorities suspect Ranikhet Disease (RKD) to be the cause of death, but do not rule out the possibility of other diseases being responsible.
The Greater Kashmir reports that a team of officials has been dispatched to Amargarh Sopore to ascertain the cause of death. "Symptoms suggest that the disease may be Ranikhet," Dr Muhammad Shafi, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Baramulla, said.
Panic among poultry producers
Reports of sudden deaths among poultry are coming from different parts of the district. "I lost 214 birds in a single day on Saturday. I don't know the cause of death, there is panic among local poultry producers," Wajid Ahmad of Pattan Baramull said.
The poultry business in the district has grown phenomenally in recent years: according to official data, around 30,000 people in the district are working in the poultry industry. There are around 510 poultry farms registered with the department while around 150 unregistered farms are also operating in the district.
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