Ten more birds died of avian influenza on Sunday at the Hauz Khas District Park lake, taking the toll to 58 across the capital. Forty-three birds have died of the flu at the park alone.
Development Minister Gopal Rai has directed the authorities to undertake an anti-virus operation inside the parks. The minister has also directed veterinary doctors to introduce multi-vitamin and garlic pieces in the birds’ diet. A meeting will be held at the secretariat on Monday to discuss the bird flu situation in the capital.
“I held a meeting with experts and DDA officials after which I directed authorities to undertake anti-virus operations at Deer Park. Tomorrow (Monday) at 2 pm, a coordination committee meeting will be held regarding the preparedness of H5N8 virus in Delhi,” Rai said after the meeting.
The Delhi government had widened its surveillance related to bird flu by collecting samples from the Ghazipur chicken market, which is unaffected so far.
While one dead bird collected from the Hauz Khas park was sent to the lab, eight samples were drawn from the Ghazipur poultry market from live birds.
Seven carcasses of birds collected from across Delhi were also sent for testing separately.