Mumbai: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday that after the bird flu was confirmed in the national capital, the government was keeping a close watch on the situation and there was no need for citizens to worry.
Sisodia said that the government is keeping a close watch on avian influenza and is discussing it with experts and officials.
“I reviewed the situation this morning and I urge you not to worry. I assure you that there is nothing to panic. Only duck samples collected from Sanjay Lake in Trilokpuri have tested positive so far. The area has been cleaned up. Bird flu is here in Delhi but there is no need to panic and the government is doing its best to stop the spread,” Sisodia said.
Amidst the panic, Sisodia assured the public that when a human could contract the flu, it could not spread from one human to another, and had common symptoms such as cough, fever and headache.
“It is common influenza in birds and it does not spread from human to human contact. A human can only contract the disease directly through infected feathers or droplets. Even if you are infected, you may cough, Common symptoms such as fever and some headaches will appear,” he added.
He further confirmed that chicken and egg intake was safe, provided it was thoroughly cooked and cleaned.
The deputy CM said that along with the current ban on live bird imports, packaged and processed chicken would also not be allowed. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced demonetisation on Saturday and said that Ghazipur poultry market will remain closed for 10 days.
Earlier in the day, the Animal Husbandry Department of the Delhi government confirmed the bird flu cases in the national capital. Eight samples of dead crows and ducks tested positive for avian flu.
A total of 44 crows have also been reported dead at several spots around the national capital. All the dead crows were buried deep into the ground, and requisite preventive measures are being taken as per the advisory of the Animal Husbandry Department, a statement said.
Other states that have confirmed the presence of the flu include Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra, among others