Himachal Pradesh, which witnessed a brief lull in chook flu instances, has as soon as once more reported deaths of migratory birds and this time the bar headed geese appear to be the most recent sufferer of the H5N1 virus.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Archana Sharma mentioned 27 birds have been discovered lifeless over the past three days on the state’s Pong Dam wetland.
This improvement comes simply two months after the avian influenza, which ravaged the area, had resulted within the demise of over 5,000 migratory birds. Of those, 70 p.c have been the bar headed geese.
The virus was first confirmed within the state in March, when 14 chook carcasses have been noticed on March 25.
“Now we have collected samples from the carcasses which have been despatched for exams in Jaladhar. Solely after we get again the experiences will we be capable of affirm the presence of H5N1 virus,” Sharma mentioned.
Officers consider that there isn’t a trigger for concern as a lot of the migratory birds that go to the Pong Dam wetland yearly have already returned to their pure habitats close to Tibet, China and Magnolia.
Some wildlife specialists are additionally of the view that the birds which died might need come to the state from wetlands in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
Nonetheless, as a precautionary measure, the wetland sanctuary has been closed for guests.
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