Bird flu confirmed by lab after testing samples in two Derabassi farms

  • | Thursday | 21st January, 2021

According to a report from a Bhopal lab, three samples of birds from two poultry farms in Derabassi have tested positive for avian influenza. The two farms have 70,000 birds. 

According to a report from a Bhopal lab, three samples of birds from two poultry farms in Derabassi have tested positive for avian influenza. The two farms have 70,000 birds. 

The samples were sent from ‘Alpha’ and ‘Royal’ poultry farms in Behra village to Northern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Jalandhar, and then to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal, for confirmation of the virus on January 15.

Culling will begin after the officials secure a nod from the central government.
At the same time, samples of a crow found dead in Mohali have also tested positive for bird flu.

V K Janjua, additional chief secretary, labour, and additional chief secretary, animal husbandry, dairy development, and fisheries, said, “We are ready for culling. A total of 25 teams have been formed. The area will be cordoned off. Team members who will carry out the culling will wear personal protective equipment and be supported by police officials.” He said the poultry farm owners will be given get compensation per poultry bird under the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animals Act, 2009. These farms produce eggs and not chicken.

On Tuesday, a report from the Bhopal laboratory confirmed the presence of bird flu virus in a goose found dead a week ago at Siswan Dam reservoir in Mohali.



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