The Health Ministry this morning called for a full investigation on the Bingiriya chicken farm which had a suspected case of bird flu after 1,000 chickens were found dead including one which showed symptoms of the flu, ministry officials said.
Ministry officials said two groups of experts from the Health Ministry as well as the Livestock and Animal Production Department of the Agricultural ministry had carried out tests to determine the cause of the deaths and symptoms showed by the rooster with suspected bird flu symptoms.
“Based on the results of the tests carried out the researchers will decide what would be done to remedy the problem to ensure that no more chickens are affected,” ministry officials said.
Meanwhile the All-Island Poultry Association said that the chickens in the Bingiriya farm had been affected by a virus since November last year. He said that since then about three birds had been dying each day and that out of some 5,000 chickens, 30% had already died. However he said the virus was not bird flu.
“Whatever it is, it is not infectious and it does not affect human beings. It should not raise alarm as if it was bird flu it would spread like wild fire. This is not the case. Sri Lanka is 100% free of bird flu,” the association’s Chairman D.D. Wanasinghe said.
He said it should not affect the industry as the virus would not affect people and that there has been no change in the demand for chicken so far. Meanwhile it had been reported that the sale of eggs and chicken at the Bingiriya farm had been temporarily suspended. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
Immediate Bio security measures required from this minute on wards if you all do not have Bio security at your farm up to now.
T.Udayarajan Wednesday, 01 February 2012 05:04 AM
sltk2004 Wednesday, 01 February 2012 05:59 AM
This could be an international conspiracy.
fazli Thursday, 02 February 2012 03:37 AM
Health Ministry disclaimed responsibility for 'prevention of dengue', whereas in the bird flu case they have sent experts to probe the matter. Conflicting approach where in the end, the crux is puclic health.
fazli Thursday, 02 February 2012 04:15 AM
@TMA : Wonder if you are a poultry farm owner !
TMA Wednesday, 01 February 2012 08:54 AM
There's no bird flu in Sri Lanka.
Just Another Citizen Wednesday, 01 February 2012 10:28 AM
This is crazy, birds have been dying since November by some other virus? Bird flu or not, this is very serious & yes public should be worried.
Dr Bandara Wednesday, 01 February 2012 10:37 AM
Those dead chickens will be in the market. Health authorities?? over to you...
Coco-in-the-bag Wednesday, 01 February 2012 11:09 AM
I think it is an international conspiracy that gets people like you to write silly stuff like this.
Mfzansr Wednesday, 01 February 2012 12:11 PM
No point of these assurances. be transparent and do the needful. we saw hundreds of thousands of birds were killed in Europe due to the bird flu fear. they wouldn't have done the same if the bird flu is disastrous. be cautious. no body is going to come for your rescue once you got infected.
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