Death of 24 crows in Jasola park sparks bird flu fears

Death of 24 crows in Jasola park sparks bird flu fears

The death of at least 24 crows in Jasola park in the past three days has sparked bird flu fears.

On the death of crows, the DDA has informed the Delhi government’s forest department, said an official as reported in the media. “We are monitoring the situation very closely as DDA owns a large number of public parks many of which have water bodies,” the official said.

Amid a bird flu scare, at least 35 crows have died in Delhi in the last few days and the samples have been sent to labs for testing, the officials had said on Friday.

An official of the animal husbandry unit had said around 50 birds, mostly crows, had died over the last three to four days in these three areas.

“We received information about the death of crows in Dwarka, Mayur Vihar Phase 3 and Hastsal village in west Delhi. However, it is yet to be ascertained if bird flu infection is the reason,” Dr Rakesh Singh from the department had said.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had instructed officials on Friday to maintain a strict vigil on birds at major bird sites, especially poultry markets, water bodies, zoos and other potential hotspots.

On Friday, the Centre said bird flu has been confirmed so far in Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat.