Zoo on guard against FMD

T. Lalith Singh
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The Nehru Zoological Park has initiated a series of prophylactic measures, including vaccination for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), for several of its animals as a protective shield against the spread of the disease.

Zoo officials said that most animals vulnerable to FMD were already vaccinated as the disease was reported in some surrounding districts. “Very recently, there have been reports of FMD in Mahabubnagar district, and since it is close to the city and sheep could be arriving from there, we did not want to take any chances,” an official said.

“Since these viruses are air-borne, the possibility of animals at the zoo contracting it could not be ruled out without any direct contact also,” said A. Sankaran, zoo curator. Meanwhile, P. Mallikarjuna Rao, Director, State Zoos, said all moats had been cleaned and disinfected and lime and bleach powder sprinkled around them. “We have paid special attention to herbivores such as spotted deer, sambar deer, elephant and giraffe,” he added. Even visitor paths have been disinfected.

As part of the special drive, the interiors of animal enclosures are being disinfected. “Instructions have been issued to animal keepers on removing left-over feed the same day and ensuring that no stale food is left in the enclosure,” Mr. Rao said. The veterinary unit is keeping an eye on animals and multi-vitamin doses are being given, he added.

With Foot and Mouth Disease being reported in nearby districts, Nehru Zoological Park begins vaccination for its animals

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