Saturday, January 14, 2012

Migratory bird death causes flu ripples in Chilika, India

BERHAMPUR: Bird flu scare spread to Chilika lake with a migratory bird found dead in Nalabana sanctuary, even as culling of poultry continued for the second day on Friday in Keranga of Khurda district.

Wildlife officials found a dead brown-headed gull, a migratory bird, from the bird sanctuary area in the lake on Thursday. Officials of the animal resources department have collected at least 20 samples of eight migratory birds of different species, including the dead brown-headed gull, for testing.

Besides the dead bird, swabs and blood samples of other birds have been collected by doctors of the veterinary department from the sanctuary area, said divisional forest officer (DFO) of Chilika Wildlife Division, B P Acharya. Officials of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and wildlife organization of the forest department helped trap the birds to take samples. Wildlife officials said the bird samples had earlier tested negative for avian flu. Read More