A viral report claiming that coronavirus was found in chicken in some poultry farms in the Madhya Pradesh is false.
Recently, an alleged news report was being shared on social media platforms claiming that coronavirus was found in chicken in some poultry farms in Madhya Pradesh. The report has also claimed that sampling of poultry birds for coronavirus was done by the health department in Bhopal, Gwalior, Dewas, Indore, Ujjain, Ratlam, Badnagar, Sehore, Barwani, and Mhow. The post also suggests people refrain people from eating poultry chicken.
The news is attributed to Hindi news daily 'Dainik Jagran's E-news edition and is dated June 14, 2020.
We also received a request to check the veracity of the claims.
After the news went viral on social media, the Animal Husbandry Department of Madhya Pradesh has termed the reports as "baseless". On June 18, the department also issued a clarification on this viral news report.
A Public Relation official of the concerned department said, "Director of the animal husbandry department, R K Rokde, citing a letter issued by the state health department in this regard, has refuted the claim made in the news report that coronavirus was found in chicken," adding that the consumption of poultry products was completely safe.
Also, we did not find any such news published by Dainik Jagran.
The official further added, "no such sampling was carried out at any place in the state and no sign of coronavirus infection was spotted among the poultry birds so far."
Earlier also, a similar fake report was being shared claiming that the Bihar Health Department has found Coronavirus in poultry chicken samples.
In conclusion, a viral report claiming that coronavirus was found in chicken in some poultry farms in the Madhya Pradesh is false.
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