Bird flu scare: Delhi’s Ghazipur poultry market shut for 10 days

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Ghazipur poultry
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New Delhi (NVI): The Delhi Government has decided to close the Ghazipur wholesale poultry market for 10 days and banned the import of live birds into the capital as a precautionary measure in the wake of bird flu cases reported from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

A number of birds have also been found dead at some parks and places in Delhi, following which the decision was taken. However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a press briefing yesterday said that no confirmed case of bird flu has been found in Delhi so far.

“Delhi government is taking all measures to stop the spread of bird flu in the national capital. There is nothing to worry about. So far, no confirmed case is found in Delhi. From today, the import of live birds in Delhi is being stopped. Ghazipur poultry market will be closed for 10 days from today,” Kejriwal said.

Apart from that, four parks, including the ones at Hauz Khas and Sanjay Lake have been closed to the public as a precautionary measure. Till yesterday, there have been 64 officially confirmed bird deaths in the capital, though the toll could be higher.

The Centre has confirmed bird flu cases in seven states so far – Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.