Delhi zoo samples positive for bird flu

Samples taken of fowl droppings within the Delhi Zoo have been discovered optimistic for avian influenza virus, director of the zoo Ramesh Pandey stated Tuesday.

Authorities had collected seven samples from 4 completely different areas within the zoo, which have been despatched to the Nationwide Institute of Excessive Safety Animal Illnesses (NIHSAD) on February 3, Pandey stated.

“The samples have been discovered optimistic for avian influenza virus… All security measures and protocols are strictly being adhered to and fixed monitoring is being accomplished by area workers and a staff of veterinarians,” he added.

“Birds in captivity and free ranging birds are behaving regular as per studies, and all doable prophylactic measures and drills associated to disinfection are being taken commonly,” Pandey stated.

Earlier, six serological samples have been despatched to the NIHSAD on January 19, which have been discovered damaging. Nonetheless, round January 16, samples taken from a lifeless brown fish owl in captivity on the zoo had examined optimistic.

Pandey stated surveillance would proceed on the zoo and additional samples could be despatched. The zoo has been closed to the general public because the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Now we have been utilizing the ebird cell software to maintain observe of the birds within the premises of the zoo,” Pandey had stated earlier . That is the primary time the appliance is getting used for fowl monitoring and file retaining throughout the outbreak of avian influenza.

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