Bird Flu Scare
Bird Flu Scare
Bhubaneswar: Adding to the worries of the State Government, reports on more crow deaths were received on Tuesday in Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts.

A two-member central team consisting of Dr. Taracharan Pan from the Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Kolkata and Dr. Biswas from the Union Ministry of Agriculture arrived in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday to take stock of the situation.

Five positive cases of avian influenza was reported on Tuesday. A team was deployed by Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) to collect samples and keep watch on developments in the region.

Dr. Chittaranjan Swain, Director, ADRI said, “We received information on death of around five crows in a group at Betanati in Mayurbhanj district. The team is collecting the samples and sanitising the area.”

High alert was sounded around the area and the movement of the poultry birds in and around three km radius of the village was prohibited.

More than 300 samples of crows were sent to High Security Animal Disease Laboratory of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute at Bhopal to find out if the birds were carrying H5N1 virus.

Experts from Kolkata and New Delhi have left for Keranga. Preventive measures were undertaken by the Animal Resources Development Department and Khurda district administration.

Moreover the State Government has deployed several animal health experts into Keranga to supervise the preventive measures undertaken in the area.