Bird flu update :215 more Migratory birds fall victim

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Shimla, Jan 10

There seems to be no respite from the recent out break, Avaian Influenza or Bird Flu for the aquatic Migratory birds as around/in Himachal 215 new victims succummbed to it at International Ramsar site- Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary area of Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh,said a state government statement.
The count of bird toll rose to 4235 on Sunday as 215 more migratory birds found dead in the Pong Dam indicating no sign of respite from the outbreak after day ten of the rescue operation.
Chief wildlife warden Archana Sharma said that a joint team of animal husbandry officials from the Centre and the state visited Siyal in Dhameta wildlife range and Guglara in Nagrota Surian range in the
sanctuary on Sunday to assess the situation.
Since December 29 last, hundreds of migratory birds are found dead in Pong lake and samples of some of the dead birds had testedpositive for the H5N1 avian influenza.  
Number of  dead poultry birds were found dumped by the side of the Chandigarh-Shimla highway
in Solan district on Saturday. 
Animal husbandry officials said that dead chickens were found mysteriously dumped near Sanwara. Earlier, dead chickens were found dumped twice near Chakki Mor and once at Barog bypass near the district headquarters. On all four occasions,
the remains of the birds were buried as per the safety protocol and their samples sent to a disease diagnostic laboratory in Jalandhar.

A number of crows have also been found dead in different parts of the  state over the last few days, including more than 60 crows each at
Pong Lake sanctuary in Kangra and Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur and 12 crows at Taliara in Mandi. Crow deaths were also reported in Bilaspur
district.

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