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February 17, 2012

No bird flu in Pakistan

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February 17, 2012

No involvement of bird flu was recorded in the investigation carried out by the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC)’s National Reference Laboratory for Poultry Diseases (NRLPD) into high mortality of peacocks at Lahore and Rawalpindi Zoo.
The investigation report prepared in collaboration with Livestock and Dairy Development Department, Punjab, stated that no involvement of bird flu virus (avian influenza virus H5N1) was recorded in this investigation and Pakistan still stands free from bird flu.
However, the necropsy findings and laboratory reports indicated the involvement of New Castle Disease (‘Rani Khait’) in the reported mortality in peacocks, which is a common viral disease of poultry and may affect non-vaccinated birds.

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