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Bird flu reaches Lucknow, zoo closed; High alert issued

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: Deadly Avian influenza has now reached the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. Samples taken from the birds in city zoo have confirmed that many of them have contracted this flu. As a preventive measure bird enclosure zone has now been closed, and zoo staff is keeping a close watch on its birds, an officials said on Sunday.

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Alert issued for bird flu in UP

The way bird deaths are being reported in different parts of the country, the risk of bird-flu is constantly increasing. In view of this, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has also alerted Forest Department, Animal Husbandry and other departments to take necessary precautions.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked for special vigilance in view of the safety of the people. He has asked the Health and Animal Husbandry Department to be fully alert.

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As states adjacent to Uttar Pradesh have also reported cases of bird-flu, vigilance has also being increased in UP. As of now total seven states are reported to have grappling with the outbreak of bird flu or avian influenza, including Uttar Pradesh, as per center, on Saturday. States where bird flu has been confirmed are Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.

This influenza is not only fatal for birds, but it also infects humans. Animals and humans coming into contact with infected birds can easily contract it.

Forest department gave instructions to take precautions

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The Forest Department has also been asked to take required precautions while recognizing the risk of bird-flu. All such water bodies have been directed to be marked where migratory birds come. Field staff has also been asked to report the death of any foreign or local bird immediately to the animal husbandry department and the government.

The state government has also been instructed to trap immigrant birds coming to the bird sanctuary and send their serum to Bhopal as needed.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya has also appealed to the people of the state to be cautious and careful about this deadly bird-flu or influenza.

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