Mysore, Feb 22 (UNI) A team of veterinary doctors began random testing of chicks in poultry farms in this district of Karnataka today as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of bird flu in the district.
The team of doctors, led by Animal Husbandry Department Deputy Director Devdas, visited various poultry farms in and around the city and collected blood samples of the birds.
Dr Devadas informed newspersons here that the samples would first be sent to the Department Laboratory in the district and later forwarded to both the Animal Institute of Health and Veterinary Biologicals in Bangalore and the Animal Research Laboratory in Bhopal for further testing.
Talking to reporters separately, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Assistant Conservator of Forests Prasanna Kumar said thousands of migratory birds in the sanctuary were safe from the dreaded virus and there was no need for closing down the sanctuary for tourists.
He said the authorities were keeping a close watch on the winged visitors to the sanctuary. Farmers of poultry units within ten km radius of the sanctuary had been explained about the precautionary measures need to be adopted, he added.
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