NEW DELHI: District officials were asked to shut all unlicensed poultry markets for 10 days after around 70 birds were found dead in different parts of the city on Sunday.
There are several unlicensed poultry markets, where supply comes from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, in some parts of the city.
So far, no confirmed cases of bird flu have been registered in Delhi.
“More than 120 complaints were received on the bird flu helpline number (011-23890318), set up by the government, since Sunday morning. At least 68 dead birds were found and 12 samples were collected and sent for tests,” said a Delhi government source.
104 samples’ test results likely today
Delhi government has already imposed a ban on live birds import and shut down the Ghazipur wholesale poultry market in the wake of avian flu outbreak across the country.
Panic gripped the capital following deaths more than 140 birds, mostly crows, in different parts — Hastsal Park, Green area in Green Park, Dear Park in Dilshad Ganrden, Central Nursery in Dwarka Sector V, District Park in Sarita Vihar and Central Park in Mayur Vihar — of the city in the last four days. Altogether 104 samples were sent to a Jalandhar laboratory for testing on Saturday. The results are expected on Monday.