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10 Birds die in Deer Park due to H5N8 Flu in Delhi, Anti-Virus drive ordered

Delhi Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai set up a 10-member team to spray anti-virus Mycrodacyn in the area

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New Delhi, October 23, 2016: Ten more birds died on Sunday due to bird flu in the now shut Deer Park here, prompting Delhi Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai to order an anti-virus drive.

After a visit to the park in Hauz Khas, Rai set up a 10-member team to spray anti-virus Mycrodacyn in the area. He ordered a sample of water from the sprawling park to be sent to the central lab in Bhopal.

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The same lab had earlier confirmed that the virus strain found in the initial sample of birds was H5N8 avian influenza.

Rai expressed concern over the rising fatalities among migratory birds. Seventeen birds had died on Saturday in the park, which is home to a large number of deer. Six birds had died on Friday.

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“To increase immunity among birds, they will be given multi-vitamins and pieces of garlic along with their food,” the minister said.

Rai called a meeting of coordination committee in the Delhi Secretariat on Monday to mull further action on the spread of H5N8 influenza virus.

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The Delhi government on Thursday set up a 23-member committee to coordinate work among various departments and to probe the reasons behind the bird deaths.

Because of bird flu deaths, the Delhi Zoo has also been ordered shut until further notice. (IANS)

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After Coronavirus, China Reports Bird Flu Outbreak

China reports about a bird flu outbreak in its Hunan province

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Health officials in China have announced an outbreak of bird flu. Pixabay

As if health officials in China don’t have enough on their hands with a spreading coronavirus, now officials announced an outbreak of bird flu.

China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced Saturday an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 flu at a farm in the southern province of Hunan.

The virus was discovered on a farm with nearly 8,000 chickens — more than half of them have already died because of the outbreak.

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Chickens are seen at a livestock market before the market asked to stop trading on March 1 in prevention of bird flu transmission, in Kunming, Yunnan province, China. VOA

China is not alone in trying to tamp down the spread of this virus.

Earlier this week authorities in India started culling chickens and destroying eggs to contain the bird flu virus.

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And a different strain — the H5N8 virus — has spread throughout eastern Europe in recent weeks.

Bird flu outbreak in China back in 2013 ended up costing $6.5 billion in economic losses, according to U.N. experts. (VOA)