Bird flu suspected in Himachal as 1,800 migratory birds die

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The local administration has already sounded an alert by banning all the human activities within 10-km radius of the Pong wetlands in Kangra district

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Published: 04 Jan 2021, 5:00 PMEngagement:340

With the toll of migratory water birds rising to over 1,800, and almost half of them being endangered bar-headed goose visiting the Pong wetlands, the Himachal Pradesh wildlife authorities on Monday suspected avian influenza as the cause.

Chief Conservator Wildlife of Pong wetlands — one of the largest in northern India, Upasna Patyal said the reason for the deaths is still a mystery. Their carcasses have been sent to different laboratories to determine the cause of death.

“The death of birds could be attributed to bird flu. We are expecting to get results by Tuesday evening. As a protocol, we have imposed prohibitory orders,” she said.

The local administration has already sounded an alert by banning all…

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