Seven samples from Delhi Zoo test positive for bird flu

As many as seven samples of chicken droppings collected from the Delhi zoo have examined optimistic for chicken flu. A brown fish owl, which had died on the zoo in January, had additionally examined optimistic for avian influenza, however since then, no different case was reported from the zoo till now.

Ramesh Pandey, director, Nationwide Zoological Park, on Tuesday mentioned seven serological samples of chicken droppings have been collected from 4 completely different components of the zoo, frequented by birds, earlier this month.

“These samples have been despatched to the Nationwide Institute of Excessive Safety Animal Ailments (NIHSAD), Bhopal, on February 3 for testing. All samples are optimistic for the avian influenza virus,” Pandey mentioned.

The zoo director mentioned all security measures and protocols set by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), the Union ministry of atmosphere forests and local weather change (MoEFCC), and Delhi’s animal husbandry division to stop the unfold of avian flu are being strictly adhered to by the zoo.

“As per protocols, the surveillance will proceed and samples collected can be despatched for additional serological examinations. The Delhi zoo is already closed and can proceed to stay so till additional orders,” Pandey mentioned.

In January, six chicken samples from the Delhi zoo have been despatched to NIHSAD, Bhopal, however they have been all unfavourable for chicken flu. These precautionary checks have been prompted by the demise of a brown fish owl on the zoo enclosure, the carcass of which had examined optimistic of H5N8 avian influenza.

Samples of lifeless crows collected from the Purple Fort in Delhi had additionally examined optimistic for chicken flu earlier this 12 months and the historic monument has been closed to public since then. The Delhi authorities, as a precautionary measure, had prohibited the import of rooster into the nationwide capital in January, however the directive was reversed after the scare was introduced below management.

In a press release issued by the Union ministry, authorities have been directed to make use of a disinfectant spray of lime juice, Virkon-S and sodium hypochlorite, and a foot bathtub of potassium permanganate, at common intervals.

“Hen feed to raptors and entry of automobiles contained in the zoo have already been stopped, which is being additional bolstered and intensified. Motion of workers and employees within the zoo can also be being restricted,” the ministry assertion learn.

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