Avian flu scare grows in Delhi

Fears of bird flu spreading beyond the Delhi zoo grew, with the government confirming that at least nine birds were found dead in the city over the past 48 hours. These included five at the Deer park in south Delhi's Hauz Khas, which has been shut for visitors. Two more birds also died at the zoo, which has been shut since Tuesday following confirmation of three H5N1 or avian flu deaths. Samples of six-seven other birds that died earlier have been sent for testing.
Elsewhere, three crows were found dead in Sunder Nagar, less than 1 km from the zoo, and at least one bird death was reported from Asola Bhatti sanctuary in Tughlaqabad, a known nesting site for migratory birds.
Delhi development minister Gopal Rai said three ducks were found dead at the same spot in the deer park on Wednesday and two more migratory birds died on Thursday , raising suspicion that the deaths could've been caused by bird flu.“We've asked for the park to be closed indefinitely and find out if more deaths are taking place,“ he said.

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