A day after 14 bar-headed geese were found dead at Ghatoli village of Jind district, the administration on Monday stepped up precautionary measures in wake of suspected outbreak of avian flu and directed rapid response teams to take stock of the situation.
Notably, 14 migratory geese were found floating in a village pond by villagers, who then informed local dispensary. Expert from the district disease diagnostic laboratory was summoned to the spot.
Dr Raju Sharma, head of Jind district disease diagnostic lab, with his team buried 11 birds and sent three to regional diagnostic disease lab at Jalandhar for post mortem to conduct investigation on the possibility of avian flu. Two of such samples have been further sent to high security disease diagnostic lab at Bhopal by air, he added.
Talking to HT, Sharma said from outer appearance it does not seem to be a case of avian flu like in Sukhna Lake of Chandigarh, as two major symptoms of the disease - blood spots on legs and railing by other birds were absent.
He said though the exact details would be known after the post-mortem report comes, there was a possibility of geese dying of hunger or they might have eaten feed sprayed with insecticides from agriculture fields.
"The national lab at Bhopal is the only competent lab in the country to detect flu in birds by investigation," he said.
The animal husbandry deputy director, Davinder Sharma told the media that villagers have been asked by the department to not make their animals drink pond water and the pond has been disinfected by sprinkling potassium around it. "Otherwise also, it was a defunct pond where all the waste and dirty water used to be collected," he added.
Villagers also complained of stink emanating from the pond where the birds were found dead.
Jind deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said the departments concerned have been asked to keep a vigil and take necessary action to prevent the outbreak of the disease.
Meanwhile, the Rohtak district administration has asked residents not to panic as the district animal husbandry, health and forest departments have been jointly working and are fully geared up to nip the problem in the bud.