With swine flu hitting the country, the Institute of Veterinary Research Institute, a nodal agency for Central Zoo Authority, is preparing guidelines to shield zoos against the deadly virus.
Devendra Swaroop, Principal Scientist, head of Division of Medicine at the Institute told PTI that the guidelines enlisting hygiene measures, vaccinations and preventive steps to be taken in the zoos are likely to be finalised by the end of this month.
"At present, we have no guidelines as such regarding swine flu. But as the virus has triggered in the country, there is an urgent need to sanitise our zoos as well. The guidelines will help us in taking preventive steps to check the spread of the virus in the zoos," said BR Sharma member-secretary, Central Zoo Authority (CZA).
Precaution is required in cases of pigs or boars which are said to be the carriers of the virus, Sharma said.
The official, however, said there was no need to panic as far as the zoo inmates were concerned but "we do have wild boars in some of our zoos. We have a number of visitors in the zoo and they too can be the carrier of the disease."