The Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden/ Lucknow zoo has shut down all its bird enclosures due to the increasing number of bird flu cases in Kanpur. Ten red fowls died on Thursday last week at the Kanpur zoo, after which their samples were sent to the lab for further examination. The examination reports have confirmed the presence of the bird flu virus in the samples and as a precautionary measure, Kanpur zoo has been shut indefinitely. Although, in Lucknow, only the bird enclosures have been closed, presently.
Zoo authorities take on the situation:-
The director of the zoo has stated that precautionary measures are being followed while maintaining a keen watch on the birds kept in the enclosure. Although no case has been reported so far, every precaution is being taken to prevent the entry of the virus. He further mentioned that all the birds showing abnormal behavior will be instantly put into isolation.
As part of the measures, Potassium Permanganate is being used by the authorities to disinfect the zoo and all probable efforts are being undertaken in order to block the permeability of the virus.
In Bareilly, the facilities providing water to the migratory birds have been stopped and attempts are being made by the Centre for Aviation Research Institute to stop the arrival of birds within its premises. “In order to ensure that migratory birds do not enter the CARI campus through the skies, reflectors are being installed on a war footing. The lower branches of the trees on the roadside have been chopped off so that the birds do not drop their excreta on the road,” said the director of the research institute.
Chief minister takes action :
An official statement proclaimed that the Chief Minister has asked executives to relieve the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly of all its duties so that it can focus on extensive research and testing related to bird flu infections. Prayagraj is flocked by migratory birds during Magh Mela every year, the CM has asked authorities to spread awareness amongst the attendees directing them not to feed the birds at all and to stay away since he is concerned over the increasing cases of infection throughout the country.
The Animal Husbandry department is making all the required efforts to keep the poultry farms sanitized. Also, interventions to boost the immunity of birds are being worked upon, currently.
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has also directed officials to remain alert in view of the bird-flu cases reported from various parts of the country.
The current scenario in the country:-
Bird flu outbreak has been confirmed in atleast10 states now, with Delhi and Maharashtra being the latest additions to the list. While fresh avian deaths continue to be reported in other states too. Haryana had reported the highest number of bird deaths – that is, more than 4 lakh birds have died in the last few weeks.
The Avian influenza outbreak has been confirmed in Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh. The samples collected from Chhattisgarh have tested negative for the avian influenza virus though.
Also, 4 parks in Delhi have been shut down too.