Delhi poultry markets to reopen as samples test negative for bird flu

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Ghazipur poultry
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New Delhi (NVI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today directed the poultry markets in the national capital to open and withdrew orders to restrict trade and import of chicken, as samples from the Ghazipur poultry market tested negative for avian influenza.

Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said, “Samples taken from poultry markets have tested negative with respect to Bird Flu. Have directed to open the poultry market & withdraw the orders to restrict trade & import of chicken stocks.”

This announcement came after a official of Delhi Animal Husbandry Department earlier in the day said that all 100 samples taken from the Ghazipur poultry market, Asia’s largest chicken market, tested negative for avian influenza (H5N1).

These result came days after samples taken from crows and ducks in the national capital tested positive for the avian influenza. In addition, the Delhi government imposed a ban on the sale and storage of poultry or processed chicken in the city.

On January 9, the Ghazipur chicken market was also shut for 10 days as a precautionary measure after bird flu was confirmed in wild birds that dropped dead across parks in Delhi.

Meanwhile, four samples of Heron birds, which were taken from the Hastsal park, have been also sent to Bhopal lab for confirmation.

So far, the bird flu confirmed cases have been reported in 10 states namely Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat till now, the Animal Husbandry Ministry data shows.