The Delhi Government, in its first advisory on health after bird flu cases were noticed in the national capital, has asked Delhiites to avoid consuming half cooked eggs or chicken products.
On Monday six bird deaths were reported from two locations. According to Development Minister Gopal Rai, four bird were found dead near the water body in Shakti Sthal, after which the total number of bird deaths due to the suspected disease has risen to 64. He added that the government has issued 11-point advisory for the people.
In cases where the bird flu is confirmed, the central government laboratory as identified the H5N8 virus. It seems that the disease has also possibly affected other states as well, with six bird deaths reported from the Gwalior zoo on Monday.
Gopal Rai also said that for last three deaths, no deaths were reported from the zoo. However, 17 deaths were reported in Deer Park on Saturday, 10 on Sunday and two more were reported on Monday.
A meeting was held with officials from revenue, development, health and forest departments e three municipal corporations,NDMC, Delhi zoo, DDA, CPWD, PWD and all agencies which have ownership of water bodies. An advisory has been issued asking all agencies to sprinkle lime on a four-feet wide border along all water bodies and to spray birds with anti-virus sodium hypochlorite. For domesticated birds, doctors have advised multivitamins in their intake.
Many people across the city were calling up the helpline , which is being monitored by the animal husbandry department. In order to keep track of all calls, the corporations have set up 12 rapid response teams.