Mysuru: With a case of bird flu (Avian Influenza -H5N8) being reported from Bengaluru, Mysuru Zoo authorities on Wednesday started precautionary measures to prevent the spread of flu among birds and animals at the zoo.
“There have been no incidents of flu in the Mysuru Zoo. The precautionary measure is only to keep over 1,500 birds and animals at the zoo safe. As a confirmed case was reported from a place in Bengaluru, we have taken up these measures,” said Mysuru Zoo Executive Director Ravishankar.
“After the visiting hours for tourists, virus disinfectants were sprayed from 5.30 pm to 7 pm. While aviary zone was covered on Wednesday, rest of the areas will be covered from 6.30am to 8.30a m on Thursday morning, before visiting hours for tourists and post visiting hours from 5.30 pm to 7pm again on Thursday evening. We have two spraying equipment and two teams of five members each are spraying the disinfectants. The entire process is monitored by veterinarians Dr Ramesh and Dr Manjunath, two supervisors and I,” he said.
Last year, the zoo was closed from January 4 till February 2, as per Central Zoo Authority directions, after the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) at Bhopal confirmed avian influenza among six migratory and free ranging birds which had died at a pond in Mysuru Zoo in December 2016 end.