It was the poultry dealer who had approached the local authorities and said that he had lost 600 chickens to the virus in the past few days and had himself contracted bird flu. This info was revealed by state Health Minister Ashok Bhatt.
According to the minister, "However, only after detail medical tests we would be able to state whether the man has actually contracted the bird flu virus. Two preliminary tests conducted on him have been negative. But we are not taking any chances and hence we have admitted him to the hospital and are carrying out other tests."
Citing and showing concern the minister said that he is also convening a high-level meeting with the health and animal husbandry department officials in this regard.