Berhampur, Jan 28 (LocalWire)Against the backdrop of the H5N1 influenza virus, the wildlife authorities in Chilka- the paradise of migratory birds- have taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of bird flu by collecting blood samples of Waterfowls for testing on Tuesday.
Over 11 lakh birds from 184 species visit the Chilka Lake, the biggest brackish water lagoon, which is situated very near to the state capital. Majority of birds have taken shelter at the Nalabana area.
Local veterinary doctors have collected five samples from suspected birds from the Nalabana area. The samples are being taken to the Animal Diseases Research Institute (ADRC), Phulanakhara and High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal to conduct tests for the presence of any bird flu virus amongst them, said Alok Ranjan Hota, the Divisional Forest Officer at Chilka wildlife division.
“This is the fifth times that samples of the birds from the Chilka Lake have been taken for testing. Earlier, the experts from the ADRC and Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar had taken a few samples for the test.
But none of them were found positive to the avian influenza,” said SK Mishra, the Assistant Forest Conservator, Chilka.
The DFO informed LocalWire that the lake is under surveillance following the detection of H5NI virus of avian influenza from the poultry farm at the OUAT.
No dead birds have been detected near the lake so far.
They had not detected any cases of bird flu in the lake the previous year as well.
Editing by Meenal Singh