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Gwalior zoo stork death toll touches 18

With three more painted storks dying in the Gwalior Zoo from avian influenza on Sunday, the death toll of birds has touched 18 since its outbreak earlier this week, an official said.

bhopal Updated: Oct 24, 2016 08:57 IST
Gwalior zoo has been shut down temporarily .
Gwalior zoo has been shut down temporarily .(HT file)

With three more painted storks dying in the Gwalior Zoo from avian influenza on Sunday, the death toll of birds has touched 18 since its outbreak earlier this week, an official said.

The condition of the remaining six painted storks from the same flock in the zoo too is bad, said zoo officer Pradeep Srivastava.

“Looking at the symptoms it seems there is very little chance of the birds surviving,” he said.

Remaining six painted storks to be culled

Following the recommendation of an expert committee, Gwalior district collector Dr Sanjay Goel issued directions to cull the remaining six painted storks, which too are suspected to be infected with the H5N8 virus.

The decision of culling was taken by the district collector and in accordance with prescribe guidelines, Shrivastava said, adding that infected birds were already under quarantine.

A team of scientists, doctors and officials of veterinary department visited the zoo premises and collected random samples of birds of others species for testing at the National Institute for High Security Animal Disease at Bhopal.

“Results of samples of painted storks that were sent to the institute on Saturday, are still awaited,” said deputy director of veterinary department Dr OP Tripathi.

“Blood and droppings samples will be collected every day for testing until the situation is under control,” he said.

The avian influenza infection was reported among a flock painted stork and pelicans and turkeys in the zoo.

The zoo will remain closed until further orders from the central zoo authority, Srivastava said, adding that an extensive cleanliness drive, including disinfection was bird enclosures has been carried out in the last 72 hours.