GUNTUR: Mysterious death of crows at Gudibandivaripalem village under Kollipara mandal in Guntur district has created scare in the area in the backdrop of the bird flu alert issued by the Centre. Villagers found the carcasses of at least six crows in the compound of the local high school on Wednesday and alerted agriculture department officials.
They told officials they have been noticing unnatural death of crows the past few days.
A team of officials from the animal husbandry department visited Gudibandivaripalem and nearby villages and inspected local poultry farms. They also enquired with the owners whether they noticed any unnatural deaths of birds. However, the poultry owners said no sudden death of chicks or hens happened in their farms.
“We are investigating the issue of death of crows. As of now, there is no confirmation about the spread of bird flu in the area,” said animal husbandry department assistant director Srilakshmi.
She further said that they have asked the poultry owners to alert them if they notice any unnatural disease in the birds.
The Centre on Tuesday put several states on high alert to contain the avian influenza after cases were reported from Rajasthan, MP, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh. Union ministry of fisheries and animal husbandry has asked all states to keep a vigil on any unusual mortality of birds. Bird flu is a highly contagious viral disease caused by influenza type A viruses, which generally affect poultry birds such as chickens and turkeys.