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Posted at: Oct 22, 2016, 7:07 PM; last updated: Oct 22, 2016, 8:53 PM (IST)

Birds in Gwalior zoo died of new avian flu subtype: Officials

Centre forms panel to keep watch on the situation
Birds in Gwalior zoo died of new avian flu subtype: Officials
A worker covers his face while spraying chemicals near a Rosy Pelican enclosure at Delhi zoo on Saturday. PTI
Gwalior/New Delhi, October 22

Analysis of samples collected from two of the around 15 painted storks that died in the zoological park here, revealed the birds were infected with a new avian flu virus subtype, H5N8, a top official said on Saturday.

The Centre has formed a three-member committee to keep a close watch on the bird flu situation which has so far killed 24 birds in the national capital.

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Around 15 painted storks in the Gwalior zoo died in the last few days, prompting the authorities concerned to send their samples for testing for bird flu virus.

"The analysis of samples collected from two painted storks (out of the around 15 storks that died in the zoo in the last few days), conducted by the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, found the birds were infected with H5N8 virus," Gwalior district Collector Sanjay Goyal told PTI.

To a query on whether the other 12 painted storks, which are still alive in the zoo, will be culled in view of the bird flu situation, Goyal said the municipal authorities, the forest department and Central Zoo Authority officials are holding talks over the measures to be taken to control the spread of the virus.

“A close watch is also being kept on the poultry farms and birds around the zoo that have been closed for visitors since yesterday," Goyal said.

Gwalior Municipal Corporation Commissioner Anay Dwivedi said the zoo currently houses around 300 avians of different species.

"The zoo staffers have been given gloves and as well as tamiflu (an antiviral medication)," he said, adding spraying of disinfectants in the zoo is on.

Meanwhile, sources said some groups working for bird and animal protection have written a petition to different ministries in Delhi to block a possible move of bird culling in Gwalior.

A constant vigil is being kept around the National Zoological Parks to monitor and contain the H5 avian influenza along with the state agencies. The Delhi government has shut the Hauz Khas Deer Park amid bird flu scare. It has also cancelled leaves of all officials of Delhi Animal Husbandry Department.

The Union Environment Ministry has said a constant vigil is kept around the National Zoological Parks to monitor and contain the H5 avian influenza along with the state agencies.

"Constant vigil being observed by Government agencies in & around National Zoological Park to monitor & contain H5 Avian Influenza in.. co ordination with State level Agencies.

@moefcc has constituted a three-member committee to keep a close watch over the developments," Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a series of tweets. — PTI

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