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  • India - New ​Delhi zoo shut down after H5N8 bird flu deaths - October 18, 2016

    Delhi zoo shut down after bird flu deaths
    The flu has been diagnosed as H5 avian influenza and the zoo has been closed for the time being, minister Gopal Rai said

    Written by Sarah Hafeez , Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Published:October 19, 2016 12:13 am

    The National Zoological Park (Delhi zoo) was shut down indefinitely Tuesday following confirmation that the death of at least eight water birds recently was due to bird flu, said sources. The death of a few ducks had been noticed about “four to five days” ago and a few pelicans were also found dead later, the sources added, terming the shutdown a “precautionary measure”.
    Development and General Administration Minister Gopal Rai said, “Officials in charge of the zoo informed us about the flu infecting birds. The flu has been diagnosed as H5 avian influenza. The zoo has been closed for now and we are taking all necessary measures.”
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    http://indianexpress.com/article/cit...eaths-3090310/

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    An official says New Delhi's zoo has been closed temporarily after nine birds died from suspected bird flu last week.
    Riaz Ahmed Khan, the National Zoological Park's curator, says autopsies conducted on the birds confirmed that at least two of them died from H5N1 avian influenza.
    "We decided to close the zoo for a few days as a precautionary measure," Khan said Wednesday.
    He said the zoo would reopen next week.
    The zoo has about 1,400 animals, reptiles and birds belonging to around 130 species. The sprawling park, one of the largest in India, gets about 2.2 million visitors annually.
    In May, zoo workers were vaccinated against rabies after 46 spotted deer at the park died from the viral disease.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireSto...d-flu-42899678

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    • #3
      Six more birds die in Delhi, killer strain is H1N8

      New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Six more birds died at the now shut Deer Park here on Friday, taking the total reported death count of migratory birds in the capital due to bird flu to 24.
      The central lab in Bhopal meanwhile confirmed that the virus strain found in the initial sample of birds was H1N8, which does not pose as much risk to humans as H1N1, Delhi Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai said.
      A sample of eight birds was first sent to the regional lab in Jalandhar and later to the central lab in Bhopal. The initial reports said H1 virus was found in three of the birds.
      The Delhi government received the final report on Thursday evening.
      “The H1N1 is the most dangerous strain, which we were fearing… But the final report has concluded that it is H1N8 virus,” Rai said.

      http://www.canindia.com/six-more-bir...train-is-h1n8/

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      • #4
        Delhi bird flu scare: No threat to humans, ‘virus less infective’

        Development Minister Gopal Rai said there is no need to panic as all measures are in place to deal with the any situation.

        By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 21, 2016 6:31 pm

        The Delhi government Friday ruled out any threat to human beings due to the bird flu or avian influenza as the strain of the virus is “less infective”, even as six ducks were found dead in the national capital. Development Minister Gopal Rai said the H5N8 virus were found in the samples of three birds which had recently died at Delhi zoo, and not the H5N1 virus, which are more “infective” and “may affect humans”.
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        http://indianexpress.com/article/cit...ctive-3095226/
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        • #5
          Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Making all out Efforts to Prevent H5N8 Virus

          New Virus subtype H5N8 confirmed

          ADF issued the Necessary Guidelines to the State Government and the Zoo Authorities on Control and Containment of the Infection

          1 On 17th October. 2016 (late evening), the National Institute for High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal informed that samples of wild birds died in National Zoological Park (NZP), New Delhi received by them have tested positive for H5 Avian influenza virus. These samples were earlier tested positive for Influenza A virus at Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (NRDDL), Jalandhar. Immediately, the advisory was issued to the Director, Animal Husbandry, Delhi Administration and the Director, NZP and were requested to send the report to the Department.

          2. The NZP on 18-10-2016 informed that the mortality was among the wild birds and not the captive birds. The mortality started on 14-10-2016. Between 14 to 17th October, there was mortality of nine birds: 5 Rosy pelican, 3 ducks and one Painted Stork.

          3. This Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has requested NIHSAD, Bhopal and the NRDDL to investigate the outbreak thoroughly to determine the source of infection, so that the zoo authorities across the country can implement suitable strategy to prevent the ingress of the disease to captive birds. The same is under progress.

          4. The Director, AH, Delhi visited zoo on 18-10-2016 and deputed his team for carrying out action/ surveillance at the zoo.

          5. On 19.10.2016, Joint Commissioner (LH) and Assistant Commissioner from the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries visited the NZP and had a discussion with Director, NZP and also participated in the meeting along with the officials of NCDC, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi Department of Health etc. The Department has issued the necessary guidelines to the state government and the zoo authorities on control and containment of the infection. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has also been requested to issue advisories to all the wildlife/ bird sanctuaries in the country to be on alert and take necessary actions for prevention of the disease.

          6. On 19-10-2016, NIHSAD has confirmed that the virus subtype H5N8 infection in wild birds which is a new subtype being reported for the first time in the country. H5N8 has been reported from 11 countries during 2015 and four countries (including India) during 2016.

          7. On 21-10-2016, NIHSAD informed that the samples were also received from Gandhi Zoological Park, Gwalior which have tested positive for H5N8 AIV. The instructions have been issued to the state Animal Husbandry Director. The Ministry Of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has also been requested to issue

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          • #6
            Second H5N8 outbreak reported from a zoo in Madhya Pradesh - see: India: ​H5N8 killed painted storks in Madhya Pradesh zoo, culling of remaining ones likely - October 22, 2016
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            • #7
              Delhi bird flu scare: 17 more ducks die in Deer Park
              By Asia News - October 22, 201605


              New Delhi: Seventeen more ducks died on Saturday due to bird flu in the now closed Deer Park here, the highest number so far in a day.

              Six birds had died on Friday. The Deer Park will remain shut until normalcy returns, authorities said.

              Delhi’s Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai has advised the authorities to “deep bury” the carcasses and undertake necessary disinfection processes in the park.
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              http://www.asianews.online/science-a...deer-park.html
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              • #8
                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
                October 23, 2016 Last Updated at 18:17 IST

                Ten more birds died on Sunday due to bird flu in the now shut Deer Park here, prompting Delhi 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.
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                http://www.business-standard.com/art...2300456_1.html

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                • #9
                  Another bird dies in Delhi zoo, H5N1 Avian Influenza suspected

                  Another water bird succumbed to suspected H5N1 Avian Influenza at the National Zoological Park here today. “A rosy pelican died at the zoo today. We have sent the sample for testing. The Centre-appointed Committee to look into the bird flu situation at the zoo has also been apprised of the death,” a zoo official said.
                  The zoo had reported the death of a grey partridge yesterday. Zoo curator Riyaz Khan, however, had refused to equate the death with bird flu. “It was a captive bird and died of fighting among the birds in the enclosure,” he had said.

                  http://indianexpress.com/article/cit...nza-suspected/

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                  • #10
                    Four crows found dead at Shakti Sthal, bird flu toll 77
                    Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Updated: Oct 29, 2016 21:13 IST

                    Like Shakti Sthal, Delhi zoo, the Hauz Khas district park and Paschim Vihar DDA Park are already shut. Sources had said it would take at least 45 days to declare the zoo as completely safe and before it can be opened again. (Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times)
                    Four crow carcasses were found at Shakti Sthal near Rajghat on Saturday, taking the toll due to suspected bird flu to 77.
                    An animal husbandry department official said samples had been sent to the animal diseases laboratory in Bhopal and results would come within two-three days.
                    “We don’t know the exact reason behind the crow deaths in the vicinity of the water body at Shakti Sthal. Crows and ducks, usually, are more immune to these kind of viruses compared to other birds. The carcasses were spotted at different spots. So we can’t be sure about the reason,” the official told HT.
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                    http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi/...mCFETMOdJ.html
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