Bird flu in Chandigarh is again a headline but this time – as a good news for the city residents. This news came in a day after Chandigarh Administration announced a ban on poultry products in Chandigarh.
125 poultry samples test negative
125 samples were collected from the poultry farms in and around Chandigarh and all of them have tested negative for the avian flu virus. These tests were conducted at Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (RDDL), Jalandhar.
The Chandigarh administration had announced a ban on poultry products yesterday, but with all 125 samples testing negative, the ban has not been imposed. Officials have said that if even a single poultry bird tests positive for bird flu, there would be a strict enforcement of poultry ban in Chandigarh.
Patients with suspected flu symptoms also test negative
Not just this, the patients who were admitted to hospital for flu like symptoms, have tested negative for bird flu. Their throat and blood samples were sent to National Centre for Disease Control (NDNC), New Delhi. Earlier, about 80 people including staff members of lake club had walked in voluntarily to get themselves tested for bird flu at the special OPD set up at Sector 16 and Sector 32 hospital.
The 2 patients – a 2 year old boy from Sector 35 and a worker who was involved in culling ducks at Sukhna lake have also been tested negative. Both of them were admitted in the flu ward and were under surveillance from last 24 hours.
The good news for all patients and 125 poultry samples testing negative has brought some relief to the city. The top officials who have been on their toes since day 1 should be happy about their hard work and the way they have prevented the spread of this deadly disease.
Expert team from Bhopal reaches Chandigarh
In the mean time, a central team from National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal has reached Chandigarh which will help the Chandigarh Administration further in analysing and controlling the flu. They will collect blood samples of migratory birds to test bird flu. Also water sample from Sukna Lake will be tested.