PHOTOS : Avian Influenza kills several birds, forces Delhi Zoo to shut down
Suspecting cases of avian influenza at the Delhi zoo prompted authorities to shut down its premises till further notice as a precautionary measure . This step was taken after several water birds were killed due to the extremely contagious Avian Influenza. Those includes painted storks, ducks and pelicans that migrated locally. Incidentally, migratory water ducks are the commonest carriers of bird flu. The National Zoological Park has been battling with a spate of animal deaths since earlier this year. The zoo houses around 40 pelicans and 20 ducks. According to various media reports , around eight water birds and a few ducks and pelicans were reported to have been affected by bird flu recently.
Spraying is carried out by Zoo worker inside National Zoological Park (Delhi Zoo) to control Bird Flu.
Zoo officials told that only wild birds which migrate are found affected with the virus. No such case is found in caged birds. Samples were been sent to laboratories for investigation and precautionary measures have been taken at the zoo.
24 birds are found dead in Delhi till now.
Zoo will remain closed till further a notice.