Wildlife officials told to be vigilant during bird migration season
The Department of Wildlife Conservation has requested Wildlife
Officials to exercise vigilance for possible detections of signs of
bird-flu since the bird-migration season has begun.
The DWLC in cooperation with the Animal Production and Health
Department and the Veterinary Department of the Peradeniya University
conducted a workshop recently to educate officials of these departments
on Bird Flu and possible methods through which the virus could enter the
Birds flying into tropical countries to escape harsh winters take
refuge in Sri Lanka's wetlands such as Bundala, Kumana and Anawilundawa.
These National Parks are habitats to a wide range of fauna.
The workshop studied different possible aspects of the virus
affecting Sri Lanka's birdlife with migratory birds joining local
waterfowl in catchment areas. It was also pointed out that the virus
could spread through bird droppings and if it enters the body of a
wild-boar, the chances for the virus to develop is considered four times
Among those who participated at the Workshop were the Acting Director
General of DWLC H. M. B. C. Herath and officials of the relevant