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Samples Taken from 2 Crows Found Bird Flu Positive; Dwarka Park Closed; EDMC Shuts Mayur Vihar Park

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Besides, Mayur Vihar Ph-3 park has also been closed after several crows were found dead on its premises, East Delhi Mayor Nirmal Jain said on Monday. The DDA has been monitoring the situation for the last few days and on Monday, authorities concluded that Delhi too has been hit by the bird flu.

Samples taken from two crows found dead recently at a DDA park in Dwarka here have tested positive for avian influenza, following which it has been closed for public, officials said. The park is located in Dwarka Sector 9. Sanjay Lake and Hastal Park are already closed since Saturday.

Besides, Mayur Vihar Ph-3 park has also been closed after several crows were found dead on its premises, East Delhi Mayor Nirmal Jain said on Monday. The DDA has been monitoring the situation for the last few days and on Monday, authorities concluded that Delhi too has been hit by the bird flu.

"Samples taken from two crows found dead recently at Park no 3 in Dwarka Sector 9, have tested positive for bird flu infection. The park has been closed," a senior DDA official said. Testing of eight samples taken from birds found dead in various parks in the last few days were sent to a Bhopal-based laboratory which has confirmed bird flu in Delhi, government officials said earlier in the day.

Death of 17 more ducks at Delhi's Sanjay Lake was reported on Sunday, following which the closed recreational park has been declared an "alert zone" by authorities amid a bird flu scare in the city, officials had said. Also, a total of 91 crows have been found dead at 14 DDA parks in last few days, they said.

The Delhi Development Authority owns about 800 parks, other big parks being the Coronation Park in Burari, Japanese Park in Rohini and various biodiversity parks. The 14 parks where death of crows have been reported, include, Golden Jubilee Park, District Park, Vijay Mandal at Begumpur, and Central Nursery, Sector 5 at Dwarka, the official said on Sunday. PTIKND AAR AAR 01120015 NNNN.

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