Bird flu scare: Mysuru zoo fumigates its campus as precaution

Jan 4, 2018

MYSURU: Mysuru Zoo has started disinfecting its premises as precaution following outbreak of avian influenza in Bengaluru.

Its authorities will sterilize the entire 79 acres area as well as adjoining Karanji Lake that is home to migratory birds. Zoo took up measures following fears of outbreak of avian influenza in Bengaluru where a confirmed case of fowl infected with flu has been reported at Dasarahalli.

This comes a year after zoo was shut following deaths of free-ranging birds on zoo campus in early 2017. Then zoo was shut for a month. Therefore zoo is not taking any chance with this regard in safety of its birds in captivity. There are more than 800 birds of 79 different species at Mysuru Zoo. According to sources, all birds are hale and hearty. There are no symptoms of bird flu. Meanwhile, zoo is likely to take extra precaution while serving fowls to big cats in the wake of outbreak of flu. About ten Graylag geese were found dead on the zoo campus and some of them were tested positive to avian influenza in 2017.

Zoo executive director C Ravishankar confirmed TOI that we have taken up precautions following outbreak of avian influenza in neighboring Bengaluru. We have begun spraying disinfectant with assistance of our staff members who are trained in it.

Spraying of disinfectant commenced in the noon hours of Wednesday and went on till late in the evening. We could cover a portion of the zoo on Tuesday. We will continue sterilizing until the entire campus of zoo is covered and also fumigate Karanji Lake in the next two days, the ED stated.