Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15:
In the recent case of peacock deaths in Odisha’s Khurda, Bhopal based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases has ruled out chances of avian influenza after testing the swabs sent by OUAT (Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology).
The test result by the national institute was announced today by Bishnupada Sethi, the Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department.
“We have received the reports of National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases for the two samples we had sent. There have been no traces of bird flu in the first sample and as per the preliminary investigation; the second sample also is clean from avain influenza,” said Sethi.
“At this point we are not able to rule out poisoning angle. A detailed study report is awaited in this regard. The Veterinary College of OUAT will conduct further tests to find out the exact cause of death,” he added.
Notably, in an unprecedented incident in Khurda, carcass of more than 20 peacocks, a crow and a heron were recovered from Madhupur forest on December 8. The birds were suspected to have died before 24-48 hours.
A joint team of Phulnakhara based Animal Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), Forest Department and OUAT visited the spot and nearby villages for ground inspection soon after the incident. However, bird flu was suspected and the swabs of the birds were sent to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases for further testing.
In another related development, yet another sick peacock was rescued today from Kumarabasta village near Chandka that also connects Madhupur forest. The bird is being looked after by veterinaries even though the exact cause of sickness is yet to be known.