No avian flu: City zoo to reopen soon, says Kamala Karikalan

After almost a month of its closure, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is all set to reopen in a day or two. The Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) certified in the negative that bird deaths at the zoo had occurred due to avian influenza virus (H5N8).

Mysuru Zoo Executive Director Kamala Karikalan said that the zoo has received the report from NIHSAD which has given a negative for avian flu influence in the zoo. The report copy will be sent by Director of Animal Husbandry to the Secretary of Forest Department of the state government before February 2. We are looking forward to the green signal from the secretary for reopening the zoo, which is likely to happen in the next two or three days.

This is the first time in the 124-year history of Mysuru Zoo that it has been forced to close for any reason. The bird flu fear erupted when six free-ranging and migratory birds died in the zoo. Following the zoo closure on suspicion of a bird flu outbreak, panic had spread across the city.  The zoo, on a daily average, has about 6,500 visitors and is a major tourist attraction.

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