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After Delhi zoo, Deer Park shut due to avian influenza (Relevant for GS Prelims and Mains Paper III)

Avian Flu reported in Deer Park
After the Delhi zoo, the Deer Park shut its doors to visitors following reports of eight more birds succumbing to avian flu in the Capital.
A couple of pelicans were found dead at their enclosure. Also, a team of Central Zoo Authority is at present inspecting all the enclosures at the zoo.
 
Cautions
People have been advised by government officials not to touch dead birds and to immediately report the deaths.

Statistics
The Delhi zoological, one of the largest in India, gets about 2.2 million visitors annually. The zoo has about 1,400 animals, reptiles and birds belonging to 130 species.

About Avian Influenza

Key facts
• Avian influenza (AI), commonly called bird flu, is an infectious viral disease of birds. Most avian influenza viruses do not infect humans; however some, such as A (H5N1) and A (H7N9), have caused serious infections in people.

• Outbreaks of AI has potential to cause serious disease in people and their pandemic potential.
 



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