Bhubaneswar: After the incidence of bird flu at Keranga in Khurda district and Betanoti in Mayurbhanj district, a Central surveillance team on Monday visited the Chilika Lake, the largest rendezvous of foreign birds in the winter, to track the avian influenza virus.
The two-member team observed the behaviour of the birds, particularly in Nalabana Bird Sanctuary, a senior officer of Chilika wildlife division said and added that as many as 8.83 lakh migratory birds of different species have assembled in the lake this year, 3.18 lakh of them were sighted in Nalabana Bird Sanctuary area alone.
Meanwhile, doctors of veterinary department collected the blood samples of dead birds for test and the reports are awaited. Surveillance has been stepped up in the lake to ensure that the avian influenza did not hit the birds.
At Keranga, culling operations ended with a total of 31,886 fowls during the five-day exercise. Payment of compensation to the affected poultry farmers is also underway at the same time.