- Migratory birds found dead at Pong Dam Lake in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district have tested positive for bird flu, according to officials, the fourth state to report cases of the dreaded avian influenza in recent days.
THD NewsDesk, New Delhi: Migratory birds found dead at Pong Dam Lake in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district have tested positive for bird flu, according to officials, the fourth state to report cases of the dreaded avian influenza in recent days. Around 1,800 migratory birds, most of them bar-headed geese, have been found dead in the lake sanctuary so far.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Archana Sharma said that the laboratory at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly detected avian influenza in the samples of dead birds while citing the Center’s information. Simultaneously, she said that her department was awaiting confirmation by the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, as the nodal body for testing this disease.
A bird flu alert sounded in Rajasthan in recent days, where over 250 crows were found dead in half a dozen districts. Bird flu cases were also confirmed in dead crows in Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
An outbreak of bird flu has been reported from some parts of Kottayam and Alappuzha districts in Kerala, prompting authorities to order ducks, hens, etc., in a one-kilometer radius of the affected areas.
Bird flu is a highly infectious and severe respiratory disease in birds caused by the H5N1 influenza virus, which can occasionally infect humans.
Meanwhile, Kangra district magistrate Rakesh Prajapati has prohibited slaughtering, sale, purchase, and export of any poultry, birds, fish of any breed, and their related products, including eggs, meat, chicken, etc., in Fatehpur, Dehra, Jawali, and Indora subdivisions of the district.
Exercising his powers under Sections 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the official said that shops selling these products would also remain closed in these four subdivisions.
Prajapati also banned the movement of locals and tourists within a kilometer radius of Pong Dam.
Source: Financial Express