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Patna zoo reopens after 49 days

PATNA: The Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park or Patna zoo, which was once closed for an indefinite duration on December 25 following demise of six peafowls because of chook flu, reopened on Tuesday.

Animal husbandry director Vinod Singh Gunjiyal issued a no-objection certificate to the Patna zoo officials on Tuesday to reopen the zoo to guests. Earlier, the state animal husbandry and fisheries division declared the zoo secure for the guests.

“Samples amassed from the surrounding areas of the zoo had been examined destructive for H5N1 virus,” Gunjiyal said.

The technical team comprising veterinary doctors of Bihar Animal Sciences University and Institute of Animal Health and Production, Patna had amassed more than 50 samples from live domestic and poultry birds on February 3 and despatched them to the National Institute of High Security Animal Disease, Bhopal, for take a look at. The report was once won by way of the animal husbandry and fisheries division on Monday night time.

Patna zoo director Amit Kumar said the stories of the Bhopal-based laboratory and the no-objection certificate had been despatched to the Central Zoo Authority on Tuesday. “Only 1,323 other people visited the zoo on Tuesday after it reopened. The footfall of visitors will building up by way of this weekend,” he added.

Amit said, “The clinical team and zoo team of workers strictly followed the standard working procedure (SOP) of the Centre after NIHSAD and Regional Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory, Kolkata showed demise of peafowls because of chook flu. The timely motion stored lives of other zoo inmates.”

He said a number of veterinary doctors from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly and central team visited the zoo to supervise disinfection paintings there all over the closure duration.

As a part of the SOP, the clinical team of Patna zoo will ship samples of live birds to the Bhopal-based laboratory for the fourth time on February 15. The disinfection paintings on the zoo premises will continue until the end of this month. Earlier, the zoo had despatched samples to the laboratory thrice on December 31, January 15 and January 31. All the samples of swabs, droppings, feathers, soil and water, that have been amassed from the zoo, examined destructive for H5N1 virus.

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