Bird flu resurgence: Sanctuary at Pong Lake closed amid avian deaths

With the avian dying toll mounting by the day amid a resurgence of fowl flu in Himachal Pradesh, all actions had been banned within the Pong Lake Sanctuary space.

Since March 25, 72 birds have died within the sanctuary. Divisional forest officer, wildlife, Rahul Rohane, stated, “Ten extra birds had been discovered lifeless within the sanctuary on Friday. They’ve been disposed off as per protocol.”

Kangra deputy commissioner Rakesh Kumar Prajapati stated 5 samples despatched to the North Zone Regional Illness Diagnostic Lab, Jalandhar, had examined optimistic for the H5N1 pressure. The report of carcass samples despatched to ICAR’s Nationwide Institute of Excessive-Danger Animal Illness Laboratory, Bhopal, is awaited.

“The lake has been closed for guests. We’re taking all precautionary measures. We’re conducting a throrough surveillance of the realm,” Prajapati stated, including that there was no ban on motion of individuals in peripheral areas.

The final fowl flu outbreak in December had claimed the lives of not less than 5,000 migratory birds within the sanctuary.

The best mortality has been noticed in bar-headed geese that migrate from Mongolia to Pong Dam in winter. This season, 40,570 bar-headed geese had been noticed on the lake, making it probably the most populous fowl species on the lake.

Birds from the south might have introduced the an infection: Officers

Forest officers suspect that birds flying from the south might have carried the an infection. These birds use Pong Lake as a stopover whereas returning to their homeland.

The Pong wetland in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district is without doubt one of the largest man-made wetlands in North India. It was shaped after the development of a dam on the Beas river in 1974. This wetland provides a transitory resting reserve for migratory birds coming from the trans-Himalayan zone in winter when the temperature plunges in wetlands of Europe and North and Central Asia.

Flocks of waterfowls that breed in these areas in summer time undertake migration to Pong wetlands to spend winter in congenial weather conditions from October to March yearly.

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