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HSADL to develop bird flu vaccine

THE BHOPAL-BASED High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) has taken up the work of developing an indigenous bird flu vaccine and expects to come up with the vaccine within six to eight months.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 13:59 IST

THE BHOPAL-BASED High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) has taken up the work of developing an indigenous bird flu vaccine and expects to come up with the vaccine within six to eight months.

This was informed by the joint director in-charge of the laboratory Dr H K Pradhan during a lecture organized at the Press Information Bureau today. Dr Pradhan mentioned that the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has sanctioned an amount of Rs eight crores for development of the vaccine and the work would be done with full speed.

Dr Pradhan expressed special gratitude to the ICAR Director General Dr Mangla Rai and Dr V K Taneja of the Council for taking active interest in the activities of the HSADL and providing it full support.

The in-charge of the laboratory, which was in limelight recently following the detection of first bird flu virus in the country, further informed that the laboratory had devised the most sensitive bird flu detection kit as early as April 2005 and this was the only kit of its kind in the world. He said that the HSADL is among the ten most well-equipped laboratories of the world and only of its kind in Asia.

It is a Bio-safety level IV laboratory, which gives it unique capability of detecting various animal diseases, he added. As for the latest bird flu scare, Dr Pradhan clarified that none of the samples from Madhya Pradesh had yet tested positive.

The lecture session was presided over by assistant information officer of PIB Manish Gautam.