10 more birds die in Deer Park, Rai orders anti-virus drive
After a visit to the park in Hauz Khas, Rai set up a 10-member team to spray anti-virus Mycrodacyn in the area. He ordered a sample of water from the sprawling park to be sent to the central lab in Bhopal, which had earlier confirmed that the virus strain found in the initial sample of birds was H5N8 avian influenza.
The minister has directed the medical teams and officials concerned adopt all necessary measures to check the spread of bird flu. Rai expressed concern over the rising fatalities among migratory birds. “We are monitoring the situation at all parks and water bodies in Delhi. The situation is serious. We will have a meeting of the coordination committee at the Delhi Secretariat on Monday,” said Rai.
So far, 58 birds have died in the city <g data-gr-id="51">due</g> bird flu and in all <g data-gr-id="52">samples</g> H5N8 virus has been detected. Of these, 43 ducks died in the Deer Park alone.
Seventeen birds had died on Saturday in the park, which is home to a large number of deer. Six birds had died on Friday.
“The experts have informed us that the virus is not injuries for humans as no case of human infection has been reported worldwide by the virus. But we need to be cautious. The government is also planning to issue a health advisory in this case,” added Rai.
On the advice of veterinary doctors, the government has directed the officials concerned provide multi-vitamin and onion pieces in <g data-gr-id="56">feed</g> to birds. “We are also sending samples from the water bodies in the park for testing in the Bhopal laboratory,” said Rai. The government has also directed to maintain hygiene around the park. Bird flu in the city was first detected after nine birds were found dead in the Delhi Zoo.
“The zoo authorities have successfully controlled the disease locally, as the number of bird deaths has receded. We are also trying to implement the measures adopted by the zoo and are in touch with doctors,” said Rai.
According to officers, the virus was detected in some other parts of the city as well. “The report of two crows in Sunder Nagar also revealed H5N8 infection. We are receiving calls and information at our call centre regarding the bird deaths and sending samples to the lab, but not all deaths are due to avian flu. So far, 58 birds have died the infection,” said a senior officer of the Delhi government involved in of the diseases.
So far, 58 birds have died in Delhi due bird flu; in all <g data-gr-id="48">samples</g> H5N8 has been detected
Of these, 43 ducks died in the Deer Park alone
No human infections with H5N8 <g data-gr-id="40">has</g> been detected anywhere in the world as of now