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Task force finds no cases of bird flu in Haryana

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Chandigarh, Feb 22 (UNI) A task force constituted by the Haryana Agricultural University, which visited various districts of the state, has reported that there is no indication of the deadly bird flu at any of the poultry farms in Haryana.

''The members of the task force found the birds healthy with a routine and normal mortality of two to five birds at a few poultry farms. The consumption of chicken and eggs, with usual precautions, is safe for human health in Haryana,'' a HAU release said today.

Meanwhile, the authorities here denied that the seven pea fowls and two doves died due to bird flu near Indri in Karnal district of Haryana.

The post-mortem carried out by the local veterinary doctors had revealed that these birds died because of pesticide poisoning and not due to bird flu near Indri in Karnal district of Haryana, Chief Wildlife Warden R D Jakati said.

These birds were found dead near the sugarcane fields yesterday.

He said one bird of each species was sent to Jalandhar RRDL.

The doctors in Jalandhar had confirmed that there were no symptoms of bird flu in any bird.

One peacock, one grey partridge and about three peahen died in village Shyama near Loharu in Bhiwani district on the same day.

The peafowls were eaten by stray dogs and the carcasses were not available for post-mortem. Therefore, the exact number could not be determined but it was not more than four, he said.

The post-mortem conducted on the grey partridge revealed that the bird had also died of insecticide poisoning and there were no symptoms of bird flu, he added.

UNI MA JMK RL VC1915

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