New Delhi: In a huge relief for buyers and sellers of poultry products in Delhi, all 100 samples taken from the Ghazipur mandi, Asia’s largest chicken market, have tested negative for bird flu, officials said on Thursday.Also Read - Delhi COVID Positivity Rate Likely To Decline, Will Review Curbs After Monitoring Situation For 3-4 Days: Health Minister

The results have come three days after samples taken from crows and ducks in the national capital tested positive for avian influenza. This had led to the Delhi government on Monday banning the sale of processed and packaged chicken brought from outside the city. Also Read - Delhi Traffic Police Issues Advisory For Republic Day Parade Rehearsals. Details Here

The government had also shut down the poultry market for 10 days as a precautionary measure. Also Read - Delhi COVID Cases Rising, But No Need to Panic...: CM Arvind Kejriwal

“Test results of 104 samples arrived on Wednesday evening. Of these, 100 samples were collected from 35 poultry birds in the Ghazipur market. All samples have tested negative for bird flu,” senior Animal Husbandry Unit officer Rakesh Singh said.

“It means there is no spread of avian influenza in poultry birds in Delhi,” he said.

The remaining four samples of Heron birds were taken from the Hastsal Park and bird flu is suspected in these four cases, Singh said, adding that these samples have been sent from a Jalandhar-based lab to Bhopal for confirmation.

Civic authorities had on Wednesday imposed a temporary ban on sale and storage of poultry or processed chicken meat in view of the bird flu situation here.

The three municipal corporations of the city had warned establishments like restaurants and shops of strict action, including cancellation of their licence, if they fail to comply with the orders.

Officials had earlier said that 10 samples from three areas Mayur Vihar Phase-3, Sanjay Lake and Dwarka Sector-9 tested positive for avian influenza.

A drive to cull ducks was conducted on Monday at the Sanjay Lake, where several of these were found dead.

Bird flu has been confirmed in 10 states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, prompting culling of birds with the Centre summoning state officials to examine the availability of animal vaccines in the country.

(With inputs from PTI)