Maha:Thane officials asked to keep vigil on migration of birds

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Thane, Jan 13 (PTI) In the wake of the bird flu scare, Thane CollectorRajesh Narvekar has instructed the forest department to pay special attention to wetland areas for migration of birds in the district.

Seven rapid response teams have been deployed in the district and a control room has been activated to monitor the bird flu situation, he said during a review meeting with senior officials on Tuesday.

If crows, parrots, herons or migratory birds are found dead, the authorities should be informed immediately, he said.

Also, if more deaths than usual are observed among birds in a commercial poultry farm, the nearest veterinary clinic should be informed immediately, a release said quoting Narvekar.

Avian influenza has been confirmed as the cause of the death of different birds in Parbhani, Mumbai, Thane and some other places in Maharashtra.

The collector also said that immediate action will be taken against rumour-mongers, and asked citizens not to believe in any kind of rumours about the bird flu.

He appealed to citizens not to dissect or dispose of the carcasses of birds on their own.

The animal husbandry and health departments are more vigilant in the district and appropriate precautions and measures are being taken, the collector said.

He also ordered gram panchayats, forest and veterinary departments to monitor the situation. PTI COR GK GK