Bird flu scare in Hisar, ducks culled

Chandigarh, Nov 4 (IANS) Authorities in Hisar district in Haryana have sounded an alert after the samples of five dead ducks tested positive for the H5N8 strain of bird flu, officials said on Friday.

Hisar authorities ordered the closure of the Blue Bird Tourist Complex of Haryana Tourism and declared the area out of bounds for general public following the bird flu scare.

The ducks at the lake complex are being culled, officials said.

“Five ducks at the tourist complex lake were found dead recently following which the samples were sent to laboratories in Bhopal and Jalandhar. The report from Bhopal has confirmed bird flu strain,” a health department official in Hisar said.

Authorities have formed 10 teams to contain the spread of bird flu in the district, which is located about 240 km from Chandigarh.