Title: #India, #H5N8 #Birdflu: Over 40 avian #deaths in #Delhi, govt forms panel to keep vigil.
Subject: Avian Influenza, H5N8 subtype, poultry and wild birds die-off.
Source: Deccan Herald, full page: (LINK).
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Over 40 avian deaths in Delhi, govt forms panel to keep vigil
Avian deaths in the national capital today climbed to over 40 with 17 ducks being found dead at Hauz Khas deer park even as the Centre formed a three-member committee to keep a close watch on the bird flu situation.
Authorities also sent seven bird carcasses collected from across the city for test after the control room received calls in this regard. The National Zoological Park, which did not report any fresh death, took reporters on a tour in its premises.
In wake of the fresh deaths, Development Minister Gopal Rai will visit the deer park tomorrow.
The Union Environment Ministry said a constant vigil is kept around the National Zoological Parks to monitor and contain the H5 avian influenza along with the state agencies and a three-member panel has been set up to keep a watch over the developments.
"There is no mortality reported in the National Zoological Park in Delhi. Seventeen ducks were found dead in the Central Park, Hauz Khas," a Delhi government report said.
Keywords: India; New Delhi; Avian Influenza; H5N8; Poultry; Wildbirds.