Kendrapara, Dec 19 (LocalWire) Authorities on Wednesday began collection of wet fecal droppings and serum samples from migratory birds and poultry farms at Bhitarkanika National Park and its nearby areas of Kendrapara district in the wake of bird flu scare in Chilika Lake.
A team of veterinary doctors fanned out across the park and farms and collected 180 serum samples from poultry farms and wet fecal droppings from 80 migratory birds.
The samples will be stored in leak proof, cold containers maintained by veterinary doctors.
The samples will be sent to Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) at Cuttack. From there, it will be dispatched to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal, said Debi Prasad Kund, Additional Veterinary surgeon of Rajnagar.
The forest and veterinary officials distributed leaflets and booklets among the villagers near the park to create awareness about the bird flu.
Meanwhile, surveillance of migratory birds continues with the help of mobile veterinary units at Bhitarkanika , Satabhaya, Hukitola and other major habitats as large numbers of birds have already arrived in the water bodies and mangrove forest of the park and other areas this winter.
The bird flu virus does not survive in a temperature above 39 degree Celsius, making winter a vulnerable time for the disease, said Santanu Kumar Takairi, Chief District Veterniary Officer (CDVO), Kendrapara.
“To protect poultry from bird flu, we have already vaccinated around 35,000 birds recently. We have also requested farmers rearing poultry to utilize this opportunity and approach the nearest veterinary dispensaries to get the birds vaccinated to prevent the viral disease,” said the CDVO.
Rapid Response Team (RRT) was also formed in all nine blocks of the district with 19 Veterinary Assistant Surgeon (VAS), 55 livestock inspectors, one Gomitra , Zilla Parisada members and social workers in each squad.
The forest officials will conduct bird census in January at Bhitarkanika. During the annual census, senior veterinary officials will be present to detect any sick birds, said Takairi.