A national park in northeast India's Assam is on the alert of bird flu when migratory birds began flying from the north for winter, Indo-Asian News Service reported Thursday.
Thousands of bar-headed-geese, the world's highest-altitude migrants, are flying from Tibet and Siberia to Kaziranga National Park during this time of the year. Other migratory birds flying there include the graylag geese, ruddy shelduck, gadwall, falcated duck, and the red-crested pochard.
India has reported no case of bird flu so far but concerns are mounting since the virus could be spread by migratory birds.
"There is no need for panic but we don't want to take any chances," Kaziranga park warden N.K. Vasu said.
The park administration has asked its workers to keep a strict vigil and monitor any abnormality in migratory birds or their carcasses found inside the park.
A veterinarian and a research officer in the park have returned from a weeklong training on dealing with avian flu in Kolkata.
"The field veterinarian and the research officer are now sharing their expertise among the forest rangers and guards so that we can take necessary precautionary measures in the event of the bird flu hitting the park," Vasu said.
The 430-sq km Kaziranga National Park, 220 km east of Assam's main city Guwahati, are sheltering about 300 endangered bird species, including about 100 types of migratory birds.