Byculla Zoo on high-alert amidst bird flu scare

In view of the Avian Influenza, the Byculla Zoo has been put on high-alert to ensure that the birds inside the zoo do not get affected.

Byculla Zoo on high-alert amidst bird flu scare

According to reports, in view of the bird flu scare across the state, the authorities at the Byculla zoo have been put on high alert in order to make sure that none of the birds inside the premises get infected.

Moreover, there are over 200 aquatic and exotic birds inside the zoo. In the midst of the outbreak of bird flu, authorities have scaled up hygiene monitoring while serving food. In addition, the general atmosphere in which the birds are kept is being looked after as well.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, the zoo officials have also increased surveillance by ensuring the staffers wash their hands before serving food to the birds or medicines and keeping general hygiene at its maximum level in a bid to ensure zero chance of the zoo’s animals getting infected.

Meanwhile, on January 10, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had reported complaints of 11 dead birds in Chembur. Of the 11 birds, samples of two were sent by the state’s animal husbandry department for testing on Sunday. On Monday, it was learnt that the two birds had tested positive for bird flu.

On the other hand, earlier on Monday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray chaired a meeting as he urged people not to panic. Moreover, he directed the local administration to be vigilant and implement all the precautionary measures without any negligence. The CM further added that in areas where there are no cases of bird flu, people can consume eggs and chicken after cooking or boiling them at 70°C for 30 minutes.

Moreover, with the news of the bird flu making the headlines, the prices and sales of chicken and eggs have drastically declined where egg prices have fallen by INR 1, from INR 6 to INR 5, on Monday, January 11, 2021.

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