Outbreak of H5 Avian Influenza: Environment Ministry sets up Committee to monitor siituation

Newsroom24x7 Staff

h5-avian-influenza-virusNew Delhi: Acting swiftly on the reports of mortality among the birds in National Zoological Park in the capital and other parts of the country due to H5 Avian Influenza Virus, a committee has been constituted to monitor the situation.

The Member Secretary Central Zoo Authority will be the Chairman of the committee on H5 Avian Influenza Virus. The other members will be Director National Zoological Park (Member Convenor) and Deputy Inspector General of Forest (WL) will be a member.

The committee, being formed on the instructions of Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave, will oversee the daily incidences of H5 Avian Influenza in National Zoological Park and other Zoos of the country and submit a daily report to the Environment Minister.

There has been no mortality among the free-ranging birds of the National Zoological Park today. The Zoo at Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh has also been shut down for the public due to Bird flu scare.

To control the disease, following actions are being taken:

Active surveillance continues in the zoo
Zoo is being screened regularly for any dead bird
Bio-security measures continue
Zoo remains closed for the safety of visitors and to control the disease
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.

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