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Delhi zoo: Vaccinations on, but will take 11 weeks to cover 100 plus deer

So far, 14 deer have been vaccinated. According to zoo officials, 106 spotted deer would undergo four rounds of vaccination — an instant dose and additional doses on the third, seventh and fourteenth day.

Of the 16 deer that died, 13 prima facie tested positive for rabies, said an official. (Express Photo: Cheena Kapoor) Of the 16 deer that died, 13 prima facie tested positive for rabies, said an official. (Express Photo: Cheena Kapoor)

Vaccination of spotted deer in Delhi zoo has started following the death of 13 of them due to rabies, but it will take at least 11 weeks to complete the process, according to an official.

The zoo has more than 100 spotted deer and a group of only six to eight can be vaccinated at a time. “There could be fight among deer if more than six to eight of them are made to stay in an enclosure. And rabies spreads when an infected animal scratches or bites another animal or human. We have to ensure there are no fights between the animals for their safety. Considering these factors, it will take at least 11 weeks to complete the vaccination,” said Riaz Khan, chief curator, Delhi zoo.

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So far, 14 deer have been vaccinated. According to zoo officials, 106 spotted deer would undergo four rounds of vaccination — an instant dose and additional doses on the third, seventh and fourteenth day. The officials added that the deer undergoing the vaccination were being kept in isolation to ensure they do not make any contact with the rest.

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Zoo officials said precautions were being taken to ensure that spotted deer do not come in direct contact with animals belonging to dog and cat families which are potential carriers of rabies virus.

“One laboratory has confirmed that 13 deer died due to rabies. We need to send the samples to at least two more laboratories. Only then can one confirm that the deaths were caused due to rabies,” said an official.

First published on: 12-05-2016 at 03:38 IST
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