Bird flu scare: Delhi zoo remains temporarily closed, alert sounded in Gwalior after 8 birds die

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 21 October 2016, 11:11 AM

The National Zoological Park also known as the Delhi zoo remained temporarily closed for the fourth consecutive day on Friday over reports of a bird flu outbreak.

Development and general administration minister Gopal Rai visited the park to take stock of the situation. 

"I visited the National Zoological Park with the zoo director following reports of a bird flu outbreak. There is no need to panic as the government is taking appropriate measures in this regard," Rai tweeted.

Rai is also expected to visit the poultry market in Gazipur later in the day.

The deer park in the city has also been closed as a precautionary measure. According to a notice issued by the DDA authorities and the National Zoo Authority, Delhi zone, all the gates of the park will remain closed for five days starting from October 20. 

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In Madhya Pradesh, eight birds have died in Gwalior zoo in the past 48 hours from the infection, ANI quoted officials as saying.

Officials said that samples have been sent to the Jabalpur Veterinary University for investigation.

First Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 10:52 AM
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