Punjab’s Dera Bassi: Suspected case of bird flu reported

Bird Flu Outbreak: The district administration on Friday informed that a suspected case of bird flu from the area has been forwarded to the Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar from where it is being sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal, for further investigation.

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The officials stated that the final report is still awaited.

NRDDL, Jalandhar, Joint Director, Mohinder Pal Singh said, ”Samples from Alpha Poultry Farm (layer) with 55,000 livestock and Royal Poultry Farm (layer) with 60,000 livestock in Behra village of Dera Bassi have been found suspect and sent to the Bhopal laboratory for confirmation.”

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”The administration is on full guard and sampling is being done on daily basis to keep a tab on suspected cases of avian influenza.” Mohali Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said.

Mohali Animal Husbandry Deputy Director Sangeeta Toor said, ”Regular sampling and surveillance is being done in the area. Fifty samples are being sent daily from the district to the Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar.”

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Neighboring state Haryana has already declared bird flu and had announced to cull over 1.60 lakh birds of five poultry farms in Panchkula district.

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Earlier, Punjab had applied all stops to keep the state safe from the possible effect of an outbreak in its neighboring states.

-PTC News