Chicken deaths: bird flu not suspected
Investigations have confirmed that bird flu was not the cause of the
large number of chicken deaths reported from the Bingiriya area on
Tuesday, Animal Production and Health Department Director General, Kumar
de Silva told Daily News.
Two teams of specialists comprising of doctors from the Contagious
Diseases Research Division, Health Ministry and the World Health
Organisation conducted an awareness programme for the medical staff of
the Bingiriya area yesterday.
Steps were taken to provide secure medical equipment to the Chilaw
and Bingiriya hospitals as a precautionary step.
The Medical Research Institute will be on standby to conduct secure
testing of samples if the need arises. The Health Ministry informs that
the quarantine process activated will remain in place for a few more
days, regardless of the confirmation that the Bird Flue virus was not
found in Bingiriya.