Bhopal lab quells fears of bird flu

Bengaluru: For chicken lovers in the State here is some good news: the NISHAD laboratory in Bhopal has quelled fears of bird flu outbreak among native variety of chicken. Though the state government laboratory had ruled out such fears regarding farm chicken also, NISHAD is yet to submit its report.

Animal Husbandry Minister A Manju told reporters here on Friday that the samples of both farm and native variety chicken were sent to NISHAD laboratory. While the native variety samples were collected from Mandya, the samples of farm chicken were from Yelahanka and Nelamangala.

Even the local scientists at UAD tested both the samples. The report admitted that both the samples were found positive for H5 Avian Influenza, the said infection was not harmful to humans on consuming chicken.

Even NISHAD has seconded the opinion on native variety of chicken. The report on farm variety is expected to reach government in two days, Mr Manju said.

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