Bird Flu scare escalates as 58 avian deaths reported in Delhi, 18 die in Gwalior; killer strain is H5N8

Written by | October 24, 2016 | 0

On Sunday, 10 ducks were found dead at the Hauz Khas deer park, which brings the total number of avian deaths in the national capital due to H5N8, to 58. The Delhi government has described this as a “sign of worry”.

Delhi Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai confirmed that three crows, that were found dead earlier in the Sunder Nagar area, had also succumbed to the H5N8 avial influenza strain.

He visited the deer park along with DDA officials and doctors where the death toll due to suspected H5N8 viral strain has climbed to 43. Rai formed a 10-member team to spray anti-virus in the area, including on birds.

The strain (H5N8) is not as dangerous for humans as it is for birds. There has been no report of it affecting humans across the world. Monitoring is being done across Delhi’s parks and bird sanctuaries. The government is planning to issue a health advisory as well,” Rai said.

Meanwhile, three more painted storks died at the zoo in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, taking the number of birds suspected to have been killed by a new sub-type of bird flu to 18.

Three more birds are critical and may soon succumb, an official said. With at least two samples of the 15 painted storks that died earlier this week testing positive for the subtype H5N8 at the Bhopal-based Animal Disease Laboratory recently, the MP government has sounded an alert across the state, directing all 51 districts to immediately report any fowl mortality.

Seeking to allay concerns over a possible bird flu outbreak, the officer said, “There is no need to panic as the death (of painted storks) due to H5N8 virus has taken place in the wild (zoo).”

The, Gwalior Municipal Commissioner Anay Dwivedi told that with these deaths, only six painted storks were left in the zoo enclosure and three of them are in critical condition.

Citing veterinarians, he said the storks may die soon. “The rest (three storks) too appear to be sick and may succumb tomorrow,” he said.

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