Bird flu symptoms: Team visits Chilika Lake
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Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012, 20:44
Berhampur: With detection of H5N1 avian influenza at two places of Odisha, a Central team on Monday visited the Chilika Lake area to study symptoms of bird flu on the migratory birds.

The two-member surveillance team observed the behavior of migratory birds in the lake, particularly in the Nalabana, the bird sanctuary area, said a senior officer of the Chilika wildlife division adding that as many as 8.83 lakh migratory have assembled in the lagoon area.

Of the 8.83 lakh birds of 167 different species counted in the entire lake this winter, 3.18 lakh of them were sighted in Nalabana Bird Sanctuary area alone, official sources said.

Fears of avian flu spread to Chilika lake, after a migratory bird was found dead inside the Nalabana sanctuary area.

Wildlife officials found a dead brown-headed gull, a migratory bird from the sanctuary area on Thursday last.

Besides the dead bird, swabs and blood samples of other birds have been collected by the doctors of the veterinary department for examination.

"We have not yet received the test reports", said divisional forest officer, Chilika wildlife division BP Acharya. He, however, said that "surveillance has been stepped up in Chilika lake to ensure that the avian influenza did not hit the birds here."


First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012, 20:44

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