The state animal husbandry department has mounted surveillance on the poultry farms in the district in the wake of the bird flu outbreak in neighbouring Kerala.
Since the district shares border with Kerala, the department has asked poultry owners to report the death of birds in their farms. They have also been asked to keep the farm premises clean.
The current outbreak was reported from Kuttanad in the Alappuzha district in Kerala, where scores of ducks and chicken were infected. While the animal husbandry department officials in Kerala are taking a series of initiatives to contain the bird flu spread, their counterparts in Tamil Nadu have asked poultry farms in the district to keep a close watch on the birds and report unnatural sickness or death.
Vehicles carrying poultry products from Kerala are also screened on the inter-state border, before allowing them to enter the district.
There are about 1,250 poultry farms of various sizes in the district. Veterinarians with the government veterinary hospitals would visit the farms periodically.
Dr Perumalsamy, joint director of the animal husbandry department, Coimbatore, said, “There is no incidence of bird flu anywhere in the state so far. If there is an outbreak, it will take six months for it to subside. So, we are taking all precautionary measures to prevent the bird flu outbreak in the state.” The officer said migratory birds were also being watched.
Poultry farm owners are also on an alert. They have started spraying disinfectants on all the vehicles entering their farms while asking the workers to maintain cleanliness. They have instructed the workers to dip their feet in disinfectant before entering the farms and wear gloves to handle the chicks.
However, the public need not panic and there was no harm in consuming chicken. Since there is no bird flu incidence in the state, the public need not worry.
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