Birds' carcasses sent to Jalandhar lab; report awaited
Even as carcasses of half-a-dozen crows found in the Morni hills area, near here, and of 14 geese found dead in a wetland in Jind were sent to the regional disease diagnostic laboratory (RDDL), Jalandhar, the sole person who was 'suspected' to be suffering from avian flu was discharged from hospitals on Monday after doctors found him fit.
After the avian flu (H5N1) was confirmed in geese at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, bordering Panchkula last week, the Haryana wildlife and animal husbandry departments teams had started sampling the droppings wildlife birds and were also alert to the death of any birds or animals in any forests and wetlands across the state.
The state chief wildlife warden and additional principal chief conservator of forest, Amarinder Kaur said while the carcasses of the birds had been sent to the RDDL and reports were awaited, department teams were on the lookout for any other death of any wildlife animal or bird, for, flocks of crows were seen on the bodies geese at Sukhna Lake.
Meanwhile, state health minister Anil Vij said a team had been sent to Jind district for checking any incidence of bird flu. An isolation ward would be set up there if conditions were found suspicious.
Meanwhile, the rapid response team (RRT) of the health department continued the surveillance in areas like Chandi Tandai and Chandi Kotla, Saketri, Mahadevpur and Bhainsa Tibba of Panchkula, adjoining Sukhna Lake. The teams also visited the residents and found that there were no symptoms of bird flu in any person there.
'Suspect' fine, discharged from hospital
Shri Pal, who was suspected to be the first victim from the city of bird flu as he was admitted in the General Hospital on Saturday, was discharged by doctors on Monday evening.
Pal, a resident of Saketri village, Mansa Devi Complex, was among the 16-member team formed for culling domesticated geese and ducks at Sukhna Lake after H5N1 avian flu virus in one of the birds was confirmed. He was admitted to the isolation ward after he complained of light fever.
Stating that since no symptoms of bird flu were detected in him, doctors declared him fit and discharged him. Panchkula civil surgeon Dr VK Bansal said health teams would regularly visit him and keep him under observation.