There has been no bird deaths in National Zoological Park and Deer Park in Delhi and Gwalior Zoo in the last 24 hours, the committee constituted by the Union Environment Ministry to monitor the bird flu outbreak said on Saturday. “The Monitoring Committee for overseeing outbreak of H5N8 avian influenza reviewed the control and containment of the avian influenza situation today. Mortality Status within 24 hours – National Zoological Park in New Delhi – nil, Deer Park – Nil and Gwalior zoo – nil,” an official statement said.
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The committee said the control and containment measures of avian influenza in the affected zoos are being continued, which include, surveillance and screening for any dead bird regularly.
“Bio-security measures being strictly enforced. Delhi Zoo remained closed for the safety of visitors and control of the disease. Activities of other birds in the zoos appear to be normal. In Gwalior zoo, samples were collected for Plum Headed Parakeet, Red Munia, Shikara and Duck,” it said.
“Anti-viral solution is being sprayed on the affected animal and bird enclosures and areas surrounding water bodies to prevent further infection,” the statement said. It also said a doctor has examined zoo employees exposed to affected birds and medication was provided. Around 70 birds have fallen prey to bird flu in the national capital. There have been reports of bird deaths in other cities like Gwalior.
Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave had constituted a monitoring committee for overseeing the outbreak of H5 Avian Influenza. The panel comprises member secretary of Central Zoo Authority, director National Zoological Park and deputy Inspector General of Forest (Wildlife).