The Delhi government has issued its first health advisory following bird flu cases in the capital, where it has asked people to refrain from consuming “half-cooked” chicken and chicken products, as well as “half-boiled or half-fried” eggs.
This was issued after six more birds succumbed to the H5N8 virus in two locations in the city on Monday , including one which had not previously seen any death. Delhi has not reported any case of poultry being infected by the H5N8 virus so far. “After Delhi zoo and Deer Park, four dead birds were reported from a water body behind Shakti Sthal, taking the total deaths to 64. We need to be more vigilant,” said development minister Gopal Rai.
Rai said the government had issued an 11-point advisory for the public. “We would request people to call on our helpline if they see anything out of the ordinary ,” he said. In all cases where avian flu has been confirmed, the central government laboratory has identified the H5N8 virus.