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Flu: All samples from State negative

ALL THE 1757 samples from different parts of the State, tested at the High-Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) here, have come out to be negative, underlining that till now the State is officially free of bird flu virus, the State Directorate of Veterinary Services has said.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 14:00 IST


ALL THE 1757 samples from different parts of the State, tested at the High-Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) here, have come out to be negative, underlining that till now the State is officially free of bird flu virus, the State Directorate of Veterinary Services has said.

The results of the 1757 samples sent to the laboratory were communicated today, the directorate has said. All of these samples had been collected after February 18, when the first positive result for bird flu virus was confirmed from Nandurbar district in neighbouring Maharashtra. Before this, the HSADL had tested 960 samples and found them to be negative too. Most of these samples had been collected from the districts of Indore and Ujjain divisions that border with Maharashtra.

The joint director in-charge of the HSADL Dr H K Pradhan confirmed to the Hindustan Times, that the 1757 samples tested recently have come out to be negative.

However, he said that some 120-odd samples from Burhanpur that arrived in the laboratory last week are still under final stages of testing and the results would be announced on Saturday.

An official release said that since the detection of bird flu virus in chicken in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, the State Government initiated a number of precautionary steps.

High alert was imposed on the Maharashtra and Gujarat borders and a posse of more than 10,000 personnel belonging to the Veterinary Services Department, Revenue, police and Forest Department were put on the work of disease survey at poultry farms and habitats of migratory birds.

The 22 Disease Investigation Laboratories were activated and rapid response teams were constituted in each district. Additional budget was sanctioned for the survey, control and prevention works.

The government has said that it was due to these precautionary measures that the bird flu could not spread in the State. The directorate also said that during the last few days some pigs in Indore district died of ‘swine fever’ following which vaccination work was started at Ujjain, Guna, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Hoshangabad and Khandwa districts. The department has reiterated that the deaths of the pigs has no relations to bird flu.

Meanwhile the Bird Flu Control Room of the directorate is working 24 hours since February 18. The contact numbers of the control room are 0755-2771933 (phone) and 2772061 (fax).

First Published: Mar 25, 2006 14:00 IST