West Bengal duck sample tests positive for bird flu

February 18th, 2008 - 4:46 pm ICT by admin  

Bhopal, Feb 18 (IANS) A duck sample from West Bengal has tested positive for avian influenza, an official of the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL) said Monday. HSADL joint director S.C. Dubey told IANS: “A duck sample from West Bengal’s Nadia district has tested positive for bird flu despite the fact that ducks are less sensitive to the virus.”

Dubey added that samples of various kinds of birds were received from several places in the country but all of them tested negative.

He said HSADL has received 11,250 samples, mainly poultry, in the past one month. These include 888 serum and 559 tissue samples from West Bengal alone.

Of these, 8,250 have been tested and 81 were found bird flu infected. All the positive samples were from West Bengal.

However, none of the about 900 samples received from the state after Feb 4 has tested positive. The lab also conducted 243 post mortem tests on various avian species.

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