An avian flu scare has gripped Delhi. 17 more ducks died on Saturday, October 22, 2016, due to bird flu in the now closed Deer Park in Delhi, the highest number so far in a day.
Six birds had died on Friday, October 21, 2016. The Deer Park will remain shut until normalcy returns, authorities said.
Delhi's Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai has advised the authorities to "deep bury" the carcasses and undertake necessary disinfection processes in the park.
Earlier a rapid response team constituted by the Delhi government collected eight samples from live birds in the Ghazipur poultry market.
Apart from that, seven carcasses of birds were collected from different parts of Delhi on receipt of calls on the helpline set up by the Delhi government.
Rai had set up six rapid response teams to visit various places, including bird sanctuaries and poultry markets, to collect samples. He later increased the number of teams to 10.
All the samples will be sent to the central lab in Bhopal which had earlier confirmed that the virus strain found in the initial sample of birds was H5N8 avian influenza.
Rai had also visited Ghazipur poultry market and said that no indication of avian virus infection was found in the 2.2 lakh chickens that arrived in the market.
The first deaths of two migratory birds was reported on October 14, 2016, in Delhi Zoo, and six more birds were found dead the following day. One bird each died on October 17 and 19, 2016. On Thursday, eight more birds died in the city.