Bird influenza scare: Mysuru zoo, Karanji Lake on alert
Biosecurity measures in location at the popular tourist areas after reports of bird influenza outbreak in Kottayam and Alappuzha in neighbouring Kerala
Biosecurity measures in location at the popular tourist spots after reports of bird flu outbreak in Kottayam and Alappuzha in neighbouring Kerala
The century-old Mysuru zoo and the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary are on alert in the wake of reports of bird flu in neighbouring Kerala.
” Irrespective of the scare, bio-security measures are an irreversible function at the zoo and all protocols are being followed notwithstanding the reports. In view of the pandemic situation, more precaution remain in place,” stated zoo Executive Director Ajit Kulkarni.
The zoo management has actually been adhering to the health and security requirements on an everyday basis despite bird flu scare or no scare after the bird influenza episode in January 2017 when the zoo needed to be shut down for about a month as a safety measure. The scare does not matter much to it because all safety precautions are in location round the year. However, the basic alert is in location following the instructions from the government, especially with COVID-19 pandemic scenario yet to be over.
The zoo has actually made it a practice given that the last three years to send the blood samples and bird droppings for regular tests on a monthly basis to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal, one of the top labs in the country, after the 2017 occurrence. It has been preserving the health information of all birds for three years.
” Now that there is a scare, we would send the samples as soon as in 15 days instead of a month,” Mr. Kulkarni stated, including that the birds at the zoo and at the Karanji Lake Nature Park (where there is a walk-through aviary) are in good health with the veterinarians and keepers screening them practically daily.
The zoo authorities are likewise keeping a watch on the migratory birds roosting at the Karanji Lake, which is a house to winged charms that migrate to the water body. Biosecurity steps remain in location in every bird enclosure at the zoo and at the park.
Three years ago, the zoo was shut to bring out biosecurity steps after it was hit by bird influenza (H5N8). The zoo was closed from January 4, 2017 to February 2, 2017 on the suggestions of the specialists. The NIHSAD had actually validated bird influenza as the cause of the death of some migratory birds in December2016 Never ever in the history of Mysuru zoo was it out of bounds for tourists for about a month.
On The Other Hand, the Forest Department authorities in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary are likewise on alert over the bird flu scare. The behaviour of birds nestling at the islands of the sanctuary are being watched and any abnormal death of birds would be reported to the higher authorities for restorative procedures. The visitor area is being sanitised as a safety precaution.
” Security has actually been stepped up not simply in Ranganathittu however likewise in Kokkrebellur near Maddur where a lot of migratory birds roost. Currently, the birds appear to be in good health and no ill or dead birds had actually been observed. The safety measures will continue,” sources in the Forest Department stated.
The villagers in the close-by areas had actually been informed to notify the forest authorities in case of any death of birds in fields or water bodies near the bird sanctuary.
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