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
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."