Bird flu in India: Don't panic, says HSADL
The HSADL has been analysing samples right from the onset of winter, when cases were reported in some countries.india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 22:11 IST
The High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) has urged people to stay calm, saying that the presence of the deadly bird flu virus in poultry should not trigger panic among people.
"Yes, some samples of chicken received from Maharashtra have tested positive for the bird flu virus during analysis at our laboratory, but there is no need to panic", HSADL Director HK Pradhan said.
However, precautionary measures must be taken to prevent spread of the H5N1 virus, strains of which were found in some samples received from Nandurbar and Dhule districts of Maharashtra last week, he warned.
Though Pradhan declined to give further details about the number of samples tested positive for bird flu, laboratory sources said that further tests were in progress and samples received from other places were also being analysed.
The HSADL has been analysing various samples right from the onset of the winter season when cases of bird flu were reported in some countries, he added.
The laboratory has conducted tests on around 40,000 poultry samples since the beginning of the winter season and first instances of the disease were reported now.