Over 1,200 Bird Deaths Reported In Delhi Since January 6: Report

Over 1,200 Bird Deaths Reported In Delhi Since January 6: Report

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"1,216 bird deaths have been reported in Delhi since January 6," an official said (Representational)

Over 1,200 bird deaths have been reported in Delhi in the last 15 days amid the avian influenza situation in Delhi, officials said on Wednesday.

Of the 201 samples collected from various places in the national capital, 24 have tested positive for bird flu so far, the director of the animal husbandry unit of the Delhi government's Development Department, Rakesh Singh, told news agency Press Trust of India.

"A total of 1,216 bird deaths have been reported in Delhi since January 6. However, all the deaths cannot be attributed to bird flu. Cold stress is another major reason," he said.

On Tuesday, authorities restricted the entry of public into the Red Fort till Friday after a sample of a dead crow tested positive for bird flu.

Around 15 crows were found dead in the premises of the Red Fort on January 10.

"Four cranes were found dead in the Delhi zoo a few days ago. Twelve samples were collected on Monday and sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research for testing," Mr Singh said.

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