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Bird flu: Poultry farmers in Namakkal step up biosecurity measures | Salem News

Namakkal: Amid fears of the spread of bird flu in two panchayats in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, poultry farmers in Namakkal district have strengthened biosecurity measures in their farms. Former Namakkal Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) chief P. Venkatachalam said, “We have intensified vaccination protocols. for chicks and implemented strict biosecurity measures on all farms.” “All persons working on the poultry farms must undergo disinfection procedures,” he said, adding that this would apply to people entering the farms for business purposes. Venkatachalam said all vehicles will be disinfected. before entering the farms. “It is important to note that there are no duck farms in Tamil Nadu,” he said. Veterinarian Dr PV Senthil said bird flu is a fragile virus that does not spread in warm environments. “Transmission of the virus to humans is rare,” he says. he said. He pointed out that workers currently working in duck farms in Kerala have not shown any symptoms of bird flu. He assured that consuming bird meat, including chicken, does not pose any risk as the virus is destroyed during cooking due to high temperatures. Therefore, individuals consuming poultry products need not worry about bird flu, he added. On Sunday, the Kerala government said a few ducks in Alappuzha district had succumbed to bird flu. Officials confirmed that the birds were infected with the avian flu virus (H5N1). ). Following this, the state government directed the animal husbandry department to cull more than 21,000 ducks.

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