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Bird flu fears as 6 rosy starlings found dead in Rajkot

This is second incident of mass mortality of scheduled birds in Rakot district in recent weeks. On January 10, as many as 15 red-wattled lapwings were found dead on Bhadar riverbank at Shivrajgadh village in Gondal taluka

By: Express News Service | Rajkot |
January 25, 2021 1:10:28 am
Vadodara bird flu, bird flu cases in india, avian flu in india, Dhabasa village, Animal Disease Investigation, Pune avian flu test, bird flu news, india news, indian expressThe forest department and the animal husbandry department of the Vadodara administration found carcasses of 19 native white ibis near a pond in Dhabasa village in Padra taluka on Thursday, setting off fears of Avian flu again.(Representational)

SIX ROSY starlings were found dead at Jilla Garden, located on the bank of river Aji, in Rajkot city Sunday, raising bird flu fears.

The birds were found dead in the garden in the morning following which an animal husbandry department team rushed to the spot.

“By the time, we reached the spot, all the birds had died. We have sent samples of two birds to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, and handed over the carcasses of the remaining birds to the forest department,” Dr KU Khanpara, the deputy director of animal husbandry, Rajkot district, said.

This is second incident of mass mortality of scheduled birds in Rakot district in recent weeks. On January 10, as many as 15 red-wattled lapwings were found dead on Bhadar riverbank at Shivrajgadh village in Gondal taluka. “However, those lapwings had tested negative for bird flu. It is difficult to comment about the cause of deaths of the rosy starlings that were found dead in the city Sunday until reports of their tests are available,” Dr Khanpara said.

Bird flu was confirmed in Gir Somnath Friday. The avian influenza was confirmed in Junagadh early this month.

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