Over 100 bats found dead at Karassery in Kozhikode creating panic
Kozhikode: A colony of bats were found dead at Kaarimoola in Karassery panchayat in Kozhikode district in the wake of the first bird flu case in the state since the 2016 outbreak in Alappuzha was confirmed in Kozhikode district. Over 100 bats were found dead near west Kodiyatur amidst bird flu being reported in Vengeri, west Kodiyatur among other places.
As many as 3000 birds were culled as part of preventive measures being taken to check the outbreak of bird flu. The Rapid Action Force is continuing their efforts to contain the spread. Birds within 1 km radius of the area where bird flu was reported are being culled in the past few days. Chicken, ducks, goose, pigeon will be culled and their eggs and nests destroyed.
Amidst the scare that is prevailing, over 100 bats were found dead in that locality raising concerns. These bats were residing in a tree at Kaarimoola and the death of these species came to light on Tuesday morning.
The natives have informed about the dead bats to the Animal Husbandry department. Crows in Vengeri also were reported to have died in the past few days.
The local people feel that Culling alone will not contain the outbreak of bird flu and according to reports, the disease spreads from migratory birds.
Earlier too, migratory birds were reported to have died enmasse in Kerala and authorities said that people must exercise great caution. People must stay alert and prevent the spread of the disease to humans.