New Delhi: Amid rising concerns over bird flu outbreak, Ghazipur Fish and Poultry Market in Delhi has been put on high alert. Also Read - Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed in 12 States So Far | Check Full List Here

“We have formed a 5-6 members committee that surveys the market and checks the quality of poultry at different shops,” Mohammad Salim, general secretary of Ghazipur Murga Mandi told ANI. Also Read - Bird Flu Outbreak: Govt Issues 10-Point Guide to Eating Eggs, Chicken Safely

However, government officials said there’s nothing to be alarmed as of yet. Also Read - Samples of Poultry From 16 Maharashtra Districts Test Positive For Bird Flu | Complete List Here

“We have not seen anything alarming so far. A provision of compulsory health certificate from poultry farms is in place. For cross-checking, we also conduct sampling and random inspection on the birds,” said Dr Sunil Singh Tomar, Animal Husbandry Department, Delhi Government.

“We are instructed to keenly monitor & observe the situation & ensure proper sampling. 11 Rapid Response Teams are formed by Delhi govt who are monitoring their assigned districts,” Dr Tomar added.

There have also been reports of some ducks and crows dying in Sanjay Lake, Delhi. Samples have been taken and sent for testing from here as well.

“We take samples from dead birds and send them to laboratories for examination. The staff wears PPE kits while burying the dead birds. We reach the spot immediately if any problem persists,” said Dr Arun Kumar, Animal Husbandry Dept on reports of dead ducks and crows in Sanjay Lake, Delhi.

At least 35 crows have died in the national capital in the last few days and the samples have been sent to labs for testing, officials said on Friday.

“We received information about the death of crows in Dwarka, Mayur Vihar Phase 3 and Hastsal village in west Delhi. However, it is yet to be ascertained if bird flu infection is the reason,” Dr Rakesh Singh from the department said.

Earlier, an official of the animal husbandry unit had said around 50 birds, mostly crows, had died over the last three to four days in these three areas.

“On the directions of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, a rapid response team was rushed to Central Park in Mayur Vihar Phase III. Seventeen crows were found dead in the park and four samples were collected. The remaining carcasses were disposed of through deep burial method,” a statement said.

Two crows were found dead in DDA Park, Dwarka, and one sample was collected from there.

The collected samples will be sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Disease, ICAR, Bhopal, on Saturday, the statement said.

Sixteen crows were found dead in DDA Park, Hastsal Village in west district and four samples were sent to Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar.

The Centre had on Wednesday said avian influenza or bird flu outbreak has been reported at 12 epicentres in Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, while Haryana is on high alert due to unusual mortality at poultry farms in Panchkula.

Sisodia had said on Thursday that there is no case of bird flu in Delhi yet and asked officials to keep a close watch on poultry birds coming in from neighbouring states to prevent any infection.

Eleven rapid response teams have been set up to monitor Delhi’s potential hotspots, officials said.

Sisodia had also instructed officials to maintain a strict vigil on birds at major bird sites, especially poultry markets, water bodies, zoos and other potential hotspots.

These include Ghazipur Fish and Poultry Market, Shakti Sthal Lake, Sanjay Lake, Bhalswa Horseshoe Lake, Delhi Zoo, and smaller water bodies in DDA parks among others.

(With inputs from agencies)