Bird flu confirmed in dead owl at Delhi zoo

at 6:11 pm
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Delhi zoo (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): The samples from a dead brown fish Owl at National Zoological Park in Delhi have tested positive for Bird Flu today, the authorities said.

This is the first case reported from Delhi zoo, after samples were taken from Owl which was found dead in the Zoo on January 11.

The samples were found positive for H5N8 avian influenza virus under real time RT-PCR test done by ICAR-National Institute of High Security Animal Disease (NIHSAD), Bhopal, according to the reports.

This has prompted Delhi Zoo authorities to initiate a sanitisation drive as per the protocol.

“Sanitization and surveillance drills have been intensified in the park and all possible preventive measures are being taken,” the authorities said.

Delhi zoo has both captive and free-ranging birds, including local migratory waterfowls and waders, in its premises.

Earlier this month, Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak in Delhi was confirmed when the carcasses of dead crows and other birds found in Mayur Vihar, Dwarka and other parts of the national capital came positive.

So far, Bird flu has been confirmed in 10 states, including Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, prompting culling of birds, while the centre has asked these states to examine the availability of animal vaccines in the country.