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Bird flu: No fresh case in last one week

IN PAST one week, more than 1,000 samples of chickens and other poultry suspected of being killed by the bird flu were received from all over the country in the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal but none have tested positive in tests conducted so far. More tests are continuing on the samples and results would keep coming over the days.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 13:57 IST

IN PAST one week, more than 1,000 samples of chickens and other poultry suspected of being killed by the bird flu were received from all over the country in the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) in Bhopal but none have tested positive in tests conducted so far. More tests are continuing on the samples and results would keep coming over the days.

Till now, only 14 samples of chicken, eight from Nawapur (Maharshtra) and six from Ucchal Taluk in Surat district of Gujarat, have tested positive for bird flu.

“We had received 13 chicken samples from Ucchal in Gujarat on February 14 and tests over the week have confirmed six of them as positive,’’ HSADL in-charge director Dr H K Pradhan told the Hindustan Times today.

It takes at least a week, or even more, to conduct the tests for bird flu on a sample, Dr Pradhan informed. “All the samples we have declared as bird flu positive till now had come to us about a fortnight ago,’’ he informed. The very first bird flu positive samples

from Nawapur (Maharashtra) had reached the HSADL on February 11 while the confirmation of those being killed by bird flu was made only on February 18.

“We take utmost care to confirm all aspects of a sample’s death to avoid any scope of ambiguity or wrong results,’’ Dr Pradhan emphasised. He added the issue was of critical importance to the entire country and its people and the HSADL had a major responsibility on its shoulders while testing each sample it received.