A daily chronicle of ongoing events pertaining to infectious diseases
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Jharkhand-forest department today declared avian virus H5N1 as the culprit in crow deaths
No clear picture on crow deaths
Ranchi, Dec. 3: The state animal husbandry
department may still not be sure why crows are dying en masse in Jharkhand, but
the forest department today declared avian virus H5N1 as the culprit.
The government is yet to officially release the
findings of a three-member team from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI)
in Bareilly, which visited Jamshedpur in third week of November after crow
deaths rocked the city.
However, the forest department today procured a copy
of the findings from the Centre, which mentions H5N1 as the killer.
Speaking to The Telegraph, chief conservator of
forests (wildlife) A.K. Gupta said the virus was prevalent in southeast
“It is a cause of concern, more so because this being
a season of migratory birds, the virus may cross transmit to other species too,”
But the report does not provide answers to many
questions such as why only crows are dying, the genesis of the disease, and why
it struck Jamshedpur first.
Meanwhile, Dhalbum divisional forest officer Sanjiv
Kumar said there had been no reports of unnatural poultry deaths in the last
three to four months.
“If the crows died after eating infected poultry,
deaths should have been restricted to Jamshedpur only as crows travel short
distances. However, Deoghar also witnessed crow deaths today and we have reports
from Giridih too,” said Kumar.