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Bird Flu Surveillance in winters as Migrators Birds Arriving

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:15 pm
by maverick
The Forest and Veterinary officials have sounded alert in Bhitarkanika, Orrisa after large numbers of migratory birds started arriving in the national park with the onset on winter.

The officials have also taken precautionary steps to detect any sick birds in the park and its nearby areas, said Dr Keshaba Chandra Mohanty, Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO).
A couple of years back, two scientists from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) examined a few migratory and local birds to detect the presence of flu virus. But they could not find any trace of it, said the officer.

The forest officials have also sounded a flu alert in the heronry of the park where lakhs of migratory avian species have already arrived.

The Forest and Veterinary officials also distributed leaflets and booklets among the villagers near the park to create awareness about the bird flu, said the forest officer.

Forest and veterinary officials are also keeping a watchful eye on migratory birds like bar-headed geese, Bramihin Duck, plovers and other migratory species as they were found carrying H5NI strain of avian influenza in past.