Shillong: Tests don't confirm bird flu
Shillong: At least 100 pigeon deaths were
reported in this north-east hill city in the past one week though none of the samples have been tested positive for the H1N1 virus.
State Veterinary Director L Lyngwa said the
Assam-based Regional Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (RRDL)
confirmed that the blood samples was tested negative for the
contagious flu virus.
He, however, said detailed reports of the samples,
already sent to department, will be made available by Monday.
Residents of Keatinge road locality here and
government officials went into a tizzy after at least 100
pigeons died in the area in the past one week.
State veterinary officials rushed to the area to pick
up the dead birds three days back.
Veterinary officials said the reason behind the deaths
was being looked into.
Last month authorities undertaken culling operation
for more than 6000 domesticated birds in Williamnagar town to
contain the spread of the virus in a government-run farm.