Ludhiana: Amid the continued Covid-19 crises in our nation, Bird flu, one other downside has already hit a number of states of India together with adjoining states of Punjab. However, there is no such thing as a report of fowl flu in Punjab however our poultry farmers have to be extra vigilant. Bird flu is a illness of birds, brought on by Avian Influenza Type A virus, which may have an effect on a number of sorts of birds together with wild birds, turkeys, quails, rooster and geese and so forth. Virus is shed within the faeces, nasal discharges and saliva of contaminated birds. Healthy birds change into sick after they are available in contact with the contaminated/reservoir birds or their secretions or contaminated feed, water or gear. Rarely this illness transmits from birds to people. However, the individuals working in shut contact of birds should observe correct personnel hygiene and security measures.
Dr Jasbir Bedi, Director, School of Public Health and Zoonoses, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana instructed that buyers should completely prepare dinner poultry and poultry merchandise (together with eggs) earlier than consumption. Proper cooking on greater than 70° C kills influenza viruses. Farm to farm transmission normally happen via the motion of the dwell birds, folks and contaminated automobiles, gear and so forth. Entry of particular person or automobiles within the poultry farm ought to be regulated.
“One ought to inform the native veterinarian, in case he/she come throughout one thing aberrant, for instance loss of life of untamed or migratory birds within the neighborhood of the farm” instructed by Dr Rajnish Sharma, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Zoonoses. Don’t deal with lifeless birds with naked arms. Dispose of the lifeless birds cautiously underneath the steering of native veterinarians, both by burning or burying in a pit. While disposing them of, one ought to put on masks, gloves and security goggles. If gloves not obtainable, use an inverted polythene bag and wash your arms after the disposal. Open water troughs or farm tanks ought to be coated with a view to keep away from the fecal contamination by wild or migratory birds. Trees within the farm or close to its boundary ought to be pruned. Other measures embrace sustaining sanitation of poultry farm and avoiding introduction of birds of unknown illness standing.