Friday, January 13, 2012

Odisha: Death of many crows and ducks create panic in Jajpur - India

Report by Akshya Rout; Jajpur: The mysterious epidemic that has claimed many crows and hens in some areas of Odisha recently has now spread to Jajpur district , with about 150 crow and ducks deaths in Jajpur Road over last two days , triggering panic among residents who have been advised by experts not to touch the carcasses.

"Recently many crows have died due to the deadly bird flu disease or H5N1 virus in areas of Jharkhand, bordering Odisha for which we are taking proper steps after crows started dying in Jajpur Road", said Dr Kailash Chandra Mohanty the chief district veterinary officer (CDVO) of Jajpur on Thursday.

"The workshop, pamphlets and training will be in the form of dos and don'ts regarding crow deaths. It will basically pertain to the correct methods of using kits and handling crows carcasses. The surveillance unit has been asked to procure special kits comprising gloves, masks and other tools",said Dr Chitta Ranjan Swain of Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) of Bhubaneswar.

This apart, hoardings will also be put up to inform people about the safe ways to handle and dispose of the dead scavengers and prevent the spread of the avian virus to poultry and human beings, added Dr Swain. Dr Swain suspects Pasturella , E-coli viruses are largely responsible for the abrupt rise in death of crows in Paradip and Jajpur Road.

"Bulging eyes, constant fluid discharge from the mouth, moderation in feather flap, imbalance in their posture while in standing are the few symptoms of the crows affected by the Pasturella and E-coil virus", added Dr Swain. Read More