High alert against the spread of bird flu in bird sanctuary,lakes

High alert against the spread of bird flu in bird sanctuary,lakes

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Mysuru, Oct 29 : The Karnataka Forest Department on Tuesday sounded high alert against the possibility of spread of bird flu in bird sanctuaries and lakes including at Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, Kokkare Bellur, Lingambudhi lake and the Kukkarahalli lake to prevent the occurrence and spread of Avian Influenza or bird flu.

This precaution has been taken by the Forest Department following the death of another Spot-Billed Pelican at Kukkarahalli Lake in the city Deputy Conservator of Forests, Mysuru Division K C Prashanth Kumar said that high alert has been sounded as a precautionary measure.

"Though it is premature now to declare that the cause of bird death is due to Bird Flu, we are not taking any chances. Officials and staff managing Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Kokkare Bellur and Lingambudhi Lake have been asked to closely observe the birds to find if they are droopy and if any fluids are coming out of their mouth,' he added. The Department does not want to take any chances this time. Last year, there was a bird flu scare at Kukkarahalli Lake following the death of a couple of pelicans and the Mysuru Zoo was closed for a month in January 2017 due to a similar threat.

The samples, along with the bird that died yesterday, were sent to Southern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of the Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAH&VB) at Hebbal in Bengaluru for tests. The entire carcass of the dead bird was wrapped in thermocol and has been sent to Bengaluru. The results were awaited in a couple of days. (UNI)