Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Keonjhar, Jan 1:
After bird flu (H5N1) was detected in Keranga village in Odisha’s Khurda district, birds were found dead in Rourkela and Keonjhar in less than a day.
Crows were found dead at two places in Keonjhar this morning reviving the memories of 2013 where several birds had died due to the virus.
Following this, a medical experts’ team headed by Chief District Veterinary officer rushed to the places to collect samples. The samples will be sent to Kolkata and Bhopal for examination, they said.
“We have collected samples which will be sent to Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI), Phulnakhara. They will send them to Kolkata and Bhopal laboratories. Based on their findings, we will take action,” Chief District Veterinary Officer, Dr Jaladhar Mallick said.
This comes a day after some birds were found dead in Rourkela. Following death of some birds due to the avian influenza, the Indira Gandhi Park (IG Park) in the Steel City was closed for visitors indefinitely in view of the safety of visitors as well as the animals and birds in the zoo.
“Bird flu was detected in Keranga village. The avian influenza has not been confirmed in Rourkela. Samples have been sent for examination. In Keranga village, 845 birds have been culled, 151 eggs have been buried. The farmers have been given Rs 84, 685 towards culling of poultry,” Fisheries & Animal Resources Development Minister Pradeep Maharathy said.