Forest authorities are initiating several measures to contain the bird flu, especially among birds in the zoological parks in Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. As several states are already reporting the presence of avian influenza affecting their bird population, the AP government is also taking up measures, especially in Indira Gandhi Zoological Park in Visakhapatnam and Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park at Tirupati.
Forest authorities are disinfecting all bird enclosures in Indira Gandhi Zoological Park by spraying chemicals and blow-torching the iron grills of the enclosures to kill the virus. They are also removing surface soil in enclosures and spraying lime powder and also frequently removing fecal matter. Bird keepers have been instructed to keep a watch on enclosures assigned to them and they are not allowed to move from one set of enclosures to another as precautionary measures.
Visitors to the zoo are asked to take foot bath and their vehicles to undergo tyre bath using potassium permanganate at the entrance of the zoo itself to avoid any spread of the virus from outside. The tyres of the vehicles take a dip in the pit filled with the chemical before entering the zoo. The zoo is following the Covid-19 protocol and as they have to face another virus H5N1, they have strengthened all safety measures to avoid the birds getting infected either inside or from outside sources.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Dr. Nandani Salaria, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakhapatnam, said, “ we are taking all requisite measures to protect the birds from infections with avian influenza and constantly keeping a watch on them for any unusual behavior or symptoms of infection. So far no bird or animal in the zoo are affected by the Bird flu. At present we are having 233 birds in the zoo”
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