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‘Peacocks’ death not due to avian flu in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, December 15: In a major relief to the State Government, samples of the dead peacocks sent to the ICAR National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (HSADL), Bhopal have tested negative for avian influenza.

Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department Commissioner-cum-Secretary Bishnupada Sethi said the samples of birds, including two peacocks, one crow and a dead crane tested negative for bird flu.

Asked about the reason behind the death of the birds, Sethi said, “The OUAT authorities will conduct more tests to determine the exact reason of the death and it will take some time.”

As many as 20 peacocks, cranes and crows were found dead in Madhupur village forest in Khordha district on December 8. The swabs were sent to the Bhopal- HSADL to determine the cause of the mysterious deaths.

Soon after the incident was reported, a joint team of Animal Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), Phulnakhara, Forest Department as well as OUAT visited Madhupur for ground inspection.

The teams also surveyed six villages under Angarpada gram panchayat including Madhupur, Angarpada, Mahula, Minchinpatna, Palaspur and Paniola for AI surveillance. Only the postmortem report can confirm about the death, said an expert. 

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