Peacocks Die Due to H5N1 Virus, Patna Zoo Closed For Few Days

The technical virus term, H5N1 is the ever used term for 'Bird Flu'. It is a type of Influenza Virus, which is highly infectious ca...

The technical virus term, H5N1 is the ever used term for 'Bird Flu'. It is a type of Influenza Virus, which is highly infectious causing severe respiratory problems in birds. It can spread to people and other birds within close range as the virus exists in the respiratory tract of the infected. A City-based Zoo in Patna has seen deaths of 6 Peacocks due to the viral attack of 'Bird Flu'. Zoo to remain closed for people for few days.

The incident took place in the Sanjay Gandhi Zoological Garden(Patna Zoo), which now remains closed for an indefinite period due to the confirmed presence of the H5N1 Virus. The Deputy Director of the zoo, R K Sinha has said that this closure was mandatory as they have witnessed 6 bird deaths between Dec 16 to Dec 24th.

Deceased bodies of the peacocks have been sent for further examination to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal.  It is there, after the reports, confirmed that the birds died after being infected with the deadly H4N1 Virus.

In order to secure the health of the other animals, the process of immunisation and disinfection is being carried on. The opening of the Zoo to the public will be done only after the entire cleansing process is done with. Following which the zoo will be tested by laboratory experts for any traces of the virus, and if it safe, it will be reopened soon.

Not only the premises but also the other birds will also be tested, to find any unknown traces of the virus. Prior to which, to avoid its spread, preventive measures have been taken up. An anti-viral spray is being initiated in the premises, for which the animal and the fisheries experts have also been involved.

Outside the Zoo premises, a big public notice has been set up mentioning the virus attack, the deaths, the confirmation and the disinfection process. Until the Zoo is completely sanitised, there would only be one order that is, "Closed". This closure had disappointed a huge number of crowd, as it was due Christmas Eve.

Morning walkers were also not allowed to wander near the area. Even the sad process of Culling of the birds has started at the villages nearby, under the Munger District, within a 1km radius of the villages.



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All India Daily: Peacocks Die Due to H5N1 Virus, Patna Zoo Closed For Few Days
Peacocks Die Due to H5N1 Virus, Patna Zoo Closed For Few Days
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