Varanasi: Bird flu scare has gripped this temple town with the Uttar Pradesh health department cautioning people against eating chicken after nearly 100 poultry birds were found dead in Lohia Nagar area.

Chief Medical Officer Abdul Halim, said the blood samples of the dead birds have been sent to Bhopal for tests. The birds have been buried as a precautionary measure, he said.

The birds were found dead by villagers near Havelia crossing under Sarnath police station on Sunday.

Divisional Animal Husbandry Officer Sardar Singh said it might be possible that the chickens died due to some other disease.