Nearly 100 pigeons died in Odisha

Nearly a hundred pigeons have died in a far-flung village in Odishaa��s Kendrapara district, triggering panic in the wake of the bird flu scare gripping the state.

A district veterinary official said on Monday that avian species are dying almost daily along the seaside in Mahakalpada tehsil.

Last week, death of chickens has been reported in nearby areas. Similarly, death of rare breed of sheep had hogged the spotlight from a village near here, Kendrapara Chief District Veterinary Officer, Chaitanya Kumar Sethy said.

Death of animals and winged species has made people apprehensive as they fear that bird flu has hit the localities in Mahakalpada tehsil, said former Sarpanch, Bijoy Shukla.

After death of pigeons was reported, a team of veterinary surgeons has rushed to the village to take stockof the situation. Blood samples have been collected for laboratory test.

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