Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Indian chickens, ducks test negative for bird flu-(India)

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Poultry and ducks found dead in West Bengal and Kerala have tested negative for bird flu, the government said on Monday.

Around 2,500 dead birds were found early May at a poultry farm in the remote village of Matigara in West Bengal. Matigara borders Bangladesh, where there have been outbreaks of the H5N1 bird flu virus.

About 2,000 ducks also died recently in Kerala.

Officials sent the dead birds from both states to the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, where samples tested negative for the avian flu.

“We continue to monitor the country as a whole with special attention to states that border countries that have been affected by bird flu,” Upma Chawdhry, joint secretary in the animal husbandry department, told Reuters.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

Posted by john T. on 05/15 at 03:07 AM
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