16 crows found dead in Ganjam

Berhampur: With the death of 16 crows at Mudulipalli village in Ganjam district in the span of two hours, triggering avian influenza scare in the area today. "We have found 16 dead crows in the village, samples of two were preserved to be sent for testing," Chief District Veterinary Officer (Ganjam), A K Swain said.

Unconfirmed reports, however, put the crow death toll to 20 during the period. With the 16 crow deaths, a total of 42 birds of different species were found to be dead in the district. Veterinary officials had earlier detected dead crows, pigeons, kite and pelican in different parts of the district.

Besides the samples of the dead crows, the samples of 353 poultry were also sent for testing, CDVO said. The CDVO, however, asserted the poultry sector in the district was so far unaffected with the spread.