Bird flue: Test results from birds negative, no new deaths
After days of uncertainty and dread, there’s some relief in terms of bird flu scare in the city. The test reports of blood and saliva samples from birds collected from different parts of the city have come out as negative.delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2016 01:02 IST
After days of uncertainty and dread, there’s some relief in terms of bird flu scare in the city. The test reports of blood and saliva samples from birds collected from different parts of the city have come out as negative.
According to a Delhi animal husbandry department official, this is good news in terms of the suspected H5N8 outbreak. A total of 50 samples were collected and sent by the Rapid Response Team (RRT) of the Delhi government over 10 days ago and the reports were received on Tuesday.
“The reports have come from the National Institute for High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) in Bhopal. The samples of blood and droppings were sent from places like Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Nizamuddin, Yamuna Diversity Park in Wazirpur, Najafgarh drain and Ghazipur murga mandi. This negative report is a relief,” the official told HT.
To date, only samples of carcasses sent from Delhi zoo, Hauz Khas Deer Park and Shakti Sthal have come back positive for H5N8 avian influenza, he said.
There has been no bird mortality on Tuesday and the toll remains 80. On Monday, three crow carcasses were found near the water body at Shakti Sthal near Raj Ghat. All the four sites – Shakti Sthal, Delhi zoo, Deer Park and district park in Paschim Vihar – from where dead bird carcasses were found, are shut and being monitored closely.
After the deaths stop, every 15 days tests will be done and these spots won’t be reopened until authorities are completely sure that these are virus-free, an official said.
Delhi development minister Gopal Rai last week took a meeting of the coordination committee formed to combat bird flu to discuss the measures to be taken by the government.
All government departments have been asked to spread lime powder around every water body. Officials are also spraying anti-virus sodium hypochlorite on birds where they usually gather.
The Delhi government had on last Monday issued an 11-point health advisory which asked people to avoid direct contact with bird secretions and carcasses, consume only completely cooked chicken and not to consume uncooked or half cooked chicken or half boiled or half fried eggs.