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H5N8 flue: 10 birds die in Deer Park, anti-virus drive ordered

Because of bird flu deaths, the Delhi Zoo has also been ordered shut until further notice.

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Birds in Bharatpur during monsoon
Birds in Bharatpur during monsoon

Ten more birds died on Sunday due to in the now shut here, prompting Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai to order an 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.

The same lab had earlier confirmed that the virus strain found in the initial sample of birds was H5N8 avian influenza.

Rai expressed concern over the rising fatalities among Seventeen birds had died on Saturday in the park, which is home to a large number of deer. Six birds had died on Friday.

"To increase immunity among birds, they will be given multi-vitamins and pieces of garlic along with their food," the minister said.

Rai called a meeting of coordination committee in the Secretariat on Monday to mull further action on the spread of H5N8 influenza virus.

The government on Thursday set up a 23-member committee to coordinate work among various departments and to probe the reasons behind the bird deaths.

Because of deaths, the has also been ordered shut until further notice.


First Published: Sun, October 23 2016. 18:17 IST