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Dead pigeons create panic, residents suspect bird flu

The death of three pigeons in the Banjar forest area on Thursday has created panic among the locals who suspected bird flu as the reason. On Wednesday the district was put on alert for the H1N1 (swine flu) virus after a woman displayed symptoms of the virus.

punjab Updated: Feb 05, 2015 19:38 IST
Dipender Manta

The death of three pigeons in the Banjar forest area on Thursday has created panic among the locals who suspected bird flu as the reason. On Wednesday the district was put on alert for the H1N1 (swine flu) virus after a woman displayed symptoms of the virus.

BS Rana, conservator of the Great Himalayan National Park, said after reports of the dead pigeons a team of forest officials was dispatched to the area and the animal husbandry department was asked to look into the matter. “After noticing three feral pigeons lying dead in the forested area under the Great Himalayan National Park in Banjar, residents of Gushani promptly informed us,” he added.

When contacted assistant animal husbandry department director Vishal Sharma said: “Blood and tissue samples of the dead pigeons that were collected to ascertain the cause of death have been sent a lab in Jalandhar, where it will be determined whether the birds died because of avian flu or other diseases. Further, residents of the area have been alerted to conduct checks on poultry farms in their localities and, if any bird was found dead, inform the authorities concerned immediately. This could help health officials to take preventive measures in time. The cause of death of the pigeons will be confirmed by the lab will within a week. Meanwhile, we've asked area residents to take precautions if they notice a bird dying suddenly in their localities,” he added.

“We've already sent a required medicine supply in Banjar hospital and district health authority will take up a close vigil over it, Kullu chief medical officer Kullu Baldev Thakur said.”

Kullu: The death of three pigeons in the Banjar forest area on Thursday has created panic among the locals who suspected bird flu as the reason. On Wednesday the district was put on alert for the H1N1 (swine flu) virus after a woman displayed symptoms of the virus.

BS Rana, conservator of the Great Himalayan National Park, said after reports of the dead pigeons a team of forest officials was dispatched to the area and the animal husbandry department was asked to look into the matter. “After noticing three feral pigeons lying dead in the forested area under the Great Himalayan National Park in Banjar, residents of Gushani promptly informed us,” he added.