Delhi Deputy CM directs large-scale sampling in view of bird flu risk

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Bird flu warning: Sisodia has instructed to keep a close watch on birds in poultry markets, ponds and zoos. These include Gazipur Fish and Poultry Market, Shakti Sthal, Sanjay & Valsba Lake, Delhi Zoo, reservoirs constructed at DDA Parks.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has directed to take strict precautionary measures against bird flu in Delhi. On Thursday at the Secretariat, he held a meeting with officials of the Animal Husbandry Unit, Development Department. Sisodia ordered intensive monitoring throughout the state. He directed immediate implementation of the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ guidelines for people in the bird flu market. The Deputy CM also directed the report to be continuously collected by collecting samples on a larger scale. According to the Delhi government, not a single case of bird flu has been reported in Delhi so far.

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On 28 October 2020, the Delhi government issued a warning to all doctors and concerned persons in the state and issued a directive for bird flu monitoring. Subsequently, on January 4, 2021, a guideline was issued to all physicians for continuous sampling and strict monitoring. During the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also directed to keep a close watch on poultry birds coming from other states. He directed to keep a close watch on the birds at major bird sites especially in poultry markets, ponds, zoos etc. These include Gazipur Fish and Poultry Market, Shakti Stall Lake, Sanjay Lake, Valsoya Lake, Delhi Zoo, DDA Park.

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Significantly, bird flu outbreaks have spread to five states in the country. Millions of birds have died in the last ten days in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh. In the affected Alta Puja, Kottayam district in Kerala, 36,000 such ducks have killed 12,000 ducks. Thousands of migratory birds have been found dead in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. 4 million chickens have died in Haryana’s Panchkula. The disease has spread to crows and other birds in Baran, Kota and Warlawar districts of Rajasthan. The virus has also been found in Mandasaur, Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have banned poultry products from the affected states of Kerala.

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Delhi Deputy CM directs large-scale sampling in view of bird flu risk
Delhi Deputy CM directs large-scale sampling in view of bird flu risk

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