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Delhi Zoo bird-flu outbreak: 7 samples return positive for avian influenza  

Delhi Zoo officials said that another sample collected from the National Zoological Park (Delhi Zoo) returned positive for bird-flu on Tuesday.

Another confirmed case of bird flu has been reported from the National Zoological Park, also known as Delhi Zoo in the national capital. A total of seven samples collected from four different parts of the zoo were sent for testing in light of the bird flu outbreak.

All of the seven samples have returned positive for bird flu, officials confirmed on Tuesday.

In January of this year, more than seven states across the country reported confirmed cases of avian influenza. This had prompted the central government to issue guidelines to zoos and national parks, advising them to monitor the deaths of birds and report such matters to the relevant authorities without wasting any time.

Samples of dead crows collected from the Red Fort in Delhi had also tested positive for bird-flu earlier this year. The Delhi government, had as a precautionary measure, prohibited the import of chicken into the national capital. However, the directive was reversed soon after.

A bench of the Delhi High Court had also postponed the hearing on a plea seeking a ban on slaughter at the Ghazipur poultry market.

A bench of the Delhi High Court had also postponed the hearing on a plea seeking a ban on slaughter at the Ghazipur poultry market. On January 14, the Delhi government had ordered that the Ghazipur poultry market be reopened after samples collected from the area had tested positive for bird flu.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) had also issued an order directing all restaurants and eateries to refrain from serving chicken and egg preparations in light of the avian influenza outbreak.

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