Delhi is one of the 10 states in India where the prevalence of bird flu has been confirmed after samples of dead birds collected from various parts of the city were tested positive for avian influenza strain - H5N8. Amid the scare of bird flu, North Delhi Municipal Corporation's (NDMC) public health inspectors have requested city restaurants not to sell roasted chicken. The decision was made at a meeting of senior officers of the municipal corporation, and action regarding the same will be taken immediately.
According to a report in ANI, NDMC Mayor Jai Prakash announced that they will monitor all livestock markets to prevent bird flu. "We will form monitoring committees in all six zones in North Delhi and also set up monitoring committees in livestock markets," he said.
Bird flu was confirmed in 10 states - Kerala, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, and Maharashtra. Following the report, Prime Minister urged all these states to remain on alert and said that poultry farms, zoos, water bodies will have to be constantly monitored to contain the disease.
To stop the spread of the diseases, NDMC is set to take all preventative measures. Mayor revealed - "We are going to instruct ward public health inspectors to visit restaurants selling roasted chicken and request them not to sell it until the problem of bird flu is over in Delhi."
Bird flu was confirmed in Delhi.