Berhampur, Dec 15 (LocalWire) Veterinary officials launched a drive to vaccinate poultry at Khallikote and Ganjam blocks in Ganjam district, located near the Chilika lake after avian flu was detected in some birds near adjoining Krushna Prasad area in Puri district.
The veterinary officers have also collected 14 samples of poultry birds – 11 from Khallikote and 3 from Ganjam. These samples will be sent to the Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) Phulnakhara, Cuttack for testing, said assistant district veterinary officer (disease control) Rabi Narayan Panda.
He said ten teams have been formed for surveillance in the region and to detect any dead or sick birds in the area, as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of avian influenza virus.
“We have not detected any such bird in our region so far,” he said..
He said there is no reason to panic as bird flu zone is about 15 to 20-km away from the district.
The influenza virus was detected in crows and poultry, found dead at Sialia and Aladapatna villages, near Krushna Prasad under Nuapada wildlife range in Chilika Wildlife division recently.
As many as 31 dead crows were found from two villages near Maluda in this range on December 8.
Meanwhile, the veterinary officials also collected at least ten samples from different species of the migratory birds visiting to Nalabana bird sanctuary area in Chilika lake for testing.
“During surveillance, no sick or dead bird was found in the sanctuary area,” said Nalabana wildlife range officer Dillip Sahu.
Over 4 lakh birds of different species have already arrived at the bird sanctuary area, while over 7 lakh birds have visited the entire 1100-sq.km Chilika lake, sources said.
Most of the migratory birds visit Chilika during the winter to escape biting cold in their native places.
They have descended t tohe 15.590 sq.km area of Nalabana.
“Since Chilika is most vulnerable site for bird flu, we have already directed the officials to keep a watch on the health condition of the birds and to locate if there is any dead bird in the lake,” said a senior veterinary doctor.
Assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Chilika wildlife division Maheswar Patnaik said they have neither detect any sick or dead bird in the vast lake so far.