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Sale of poultry products banned in Delhi

IN THE PAST ONE WEEK, DELHI HAS REPORTED SEVERAL BIRD DEATHS, INCLUDING THOSE OF DUCKS AT THE SANJAY LAKE AND CROWS AT CITY PARKS 

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 

New Delhi, Jan 13: Fresh bird deaths and avian influenza cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh Wednesday, while in neighbouring Delhi, civic bodies banned the sale of poultry products, even as the city government asked people not to panic and eat completely cooked eggs and chicken.

 In the national capital, the ban on sale, storage of poultry or processed chicken meat by shops and restau-rants has been imposed by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).

 Earlier, the Delhi government had imposed a ban on sale of processed and packaged chicken brought from outside the city, after bird flu cases were confirmed in the national capital Monday. 

The civic bodies through their vet-erinary services departments have also said that said owners of restau-rants and hotels will face action if e -based dishes or poultry meat and other products are served to cus-tomers.

 In the past one week, Delhi has reported several bird deaths, in-cluding those of ducks at the Sanjay Lake and sows at city pmts. Reports of over 50 bird deaths were also re-ceived on a helpline of the Delhi gov-ernment’s animal husbandry unit Tuesday.

 The Delhi Health Department in its advisory in view of bird flu cases, asked people not to panic and follow a set of dos and don’ts, including not consuming half-cooked chicken, half-boiled or half-fried eggs. “H5N8 is highly pathogenic in birds but the pathogenicity in hu-mans as well as the likelihood of human infection with avian in-fluenza (AH5N8) virus is low,

” the advisory issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of Delhi stated. It said avoid contact and prevent exposure from sick-looking slug-gish chicken. “Eat only completely cooked eggs and poultry products cooked at 70 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. Do not consume half cooked chicken or bird or half-boiled and half-fried eggs,” the ad-visory said. Do not keep raw poultry meat near cooked meat. Wash hands fre-quently at the time of handling raw poultry products. Take due care of personal hygiene and main-tain cleanliness in surrounding, it cautioned. 

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