Dead cranes cause bird-flu scare in Mannar
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 11:55 GMT]
Four cranes found dead in the premises of official bungalow of the Government Agent in Mannar Wednesday afternoon have been sent to Kandy to be examined by veterinary surgeons to determine the cause of death, Mannar hospital sources said.
On a report from Mannar Police, the Medical Officer of Health in Mannar Dr. M. Kathirgamanathan immediately contacted the Animal Husbandry Unit in Kandy and had briefed them on the situation.
On the instruction he received Dr.Kathirgamanathan with a team of medical specialists rushed to the site and collected the dead birds and packed them in a polythene bag and dispatched it to Kandy, Mannar sources said.
Meanwhile, two other birds (cranes) found on the top of the tree in the premises of GA bungalow are also reported to be sick and on the verge of death, sources said.