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Bird flu scare: Delhi government issues advisory

The advisory asked people not to eat undercooked chicken or eggs, to avoid direct contact with bird secretions, clean all feeders and cages used for birds with detergents

RRT member collecting water from lake as a sample to test for bird flu virus at Deer Park in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTIPremium
RRT member collecting water from lake as a sample to test for bird flu virus at Deer Park in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: In the wake of bird flu scare in the national capital, the Delhi government on Monday asked people not to eat undercooked chicken or eggs.

The advisory came after Delhi government’s coordination committee led by development minister Gopal Rai on Monday afternoon held a meeting of departments like animal husbandry, revenue, forests, PWD, environment along with Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), National Zoo and Delhi Police to discuss the issue.

There has been death of at least 58 ducks in the last week suspected due to H5N8 Avian Influenza (Bird Flu).

The advisory also asked people to avoid direct contact with bird secretions, clean all feeders and cages used for birds with detergents, to dispose properly all the slaughter waste, to wash hands frequently at the time of dealing with raw poultry products, to use mask and gloves while dealing with raw chicken and chicken products and eat only completely cooked meat and meat products.

The advisory further asked people to not touch dead birds with naked hands and inform government’s control room (011-23890318). The government also asked people to inform the control room in case water bodies near their house or office are not being disinfected.

On Sunday, Rai had visited the Deer Park, where ducks were found dead, along with DDA officials. He had formed a 10-member team to spray anti-virus in the area, including on birds and announced that they are sending water of Deer Park to Bhopal laboratory for testing.

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The government is monitoring the situation across Delhi’s parks and bird sanctuaries.

Meanwhile, the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) had also formed a committee to review the control and containment of the avian influenza situation.

As a precautionary measure, the Delhi zoo has been shut.

“A team of doctors from animal husbandry department visited Delhi zoo for monitoring. A team of medical doctors visited and examined exposed employees of the zoo and medication was provided," said an official statement from MoEFCC.

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Published: 24 Oct 2016, 10:45 PM IST
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