Intensive surveillance maintained by the Animal Husbandry Department in coordination with the Forest Department and private poultry farms: Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry
No cases of suspected bird deaths is reported in Vadodara city district. Intensive surveillance is maintained by the Animal Husbandry Department in coordination with the Forest Department and private poultry farms.
The Animal Husbandry Department has conducted intensive surveys in the city and district for precautionary measures against the potential risk of bird flu or avian flu, and wetlands like Wadhwana, where thousands of native and exotic birds are currently hosting. They are being assisted by the forest department.
District Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry Dr. Prakash Darji said, fortunately no incidents of suspected bird deaths have been reported in Vadodara city or district at present. Though vigilance is being maintained by the department.
He said that in collaboration with the Forest Department, the Animal Husbandry Department has coordinated with organizations like Poultry Farms with the help of its staff to monitor the lakes known as bird sanctuaries and requested them to immediately report in case of any suspected illness / death of birds.
He said that cases like large number of bird deaths are being tested in a state level laboratory at Ahmedabad and the help of Bhopal High Security Animal Disease Lab is also being sought for more intensive investigation.
Recently, when a large number of crows died in Manavadar, a lab test at Ahmedabad found food poisoning to be responsible. He gave an interesting information that for the detection of bird flu in birds, the RTPCR through which the corona is tested is used by the doctors.
As a precautionary measure, Dr. Darji has requested the veterinary dispensary at Bhutdi Zampa in Vadodara or the government veterinary dispensaries at taluka and village level to report any large number of suspected bird deaths in any place in the city district.