No Avian Influenza, or bird flu, has been detected in the poultry samples sent from the capital’s Ghazipur chicken market, Delhi Animal Husbandry Unit has confirmed.
“Test results of 104 samples (from Ghazipur) arrived on Wednesday evening. Of these, 100 samples were collected from 35 poultry birds in the Ghazipur market. All samples have tested negative for bird flu,” senior Animal Husbandry Unit officer Rakesh Singh said.
“It means there is no spread of avian influenza in poultry birds in Delhi,” he said.
However, bird flu was suspected in the remaining four samples of Heron birds taken from a Park. They have been sent to Bhopal for confirmation, the official said.
Last week, the Ghazipur wholesale poultry market, Asia’s largest, was shut for 10 days as a precautionary measure after bird flu was confirmed in wild birds that dropped dead across parks in the city.
This also led to the Delhi government on Monday banning the sale of processed and packaged chicken brought from outside the city.
Bird flu has been confirmed in 10 states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, prompting culling of birds with the centre summoning state officials to examine the availability of animal vaccines in the country.