Bird flu: TN govt takes all precautionary measures
Bird flu: TN govt takes all precautionary measures: Following the outbreak of Avian Influenza (bird flu) in Bidar district of Karnataka, the entry of poultry, including ducks, eggs and egg products, chicken, meat and feed from that State has been banned by Tamil Nadu. Vehicles from that State are being checked at 42 inter-State check points and being sent back.
Apart from monitoring check-posts, the authorities have alerted villages along the borders of the three southern states. Poultry with possible contamination bought from Karnataka in the last one month was to be identified and destroyed as was eggs sourced from that state, officials said.
Meanwhile, the exports of poultry products from Namakkal region remain unaffected despite bird flu hitting a poultry farm located at Molkera, Bidar district in neighbouring Karnataka, according to exporters here.
The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) at a private run farm in Molkera gave jitters to the poultry farmers initially when it was reported early in the month.
Animal husbandry department authorities have written to general managers of Southern Railway, South Central Railway and South Western Railway, urging them not to book poultry, eggs, meat, poultry feed, and its ingredients on trains to Tamil Nadu. Undercarriages of train coaches coming from Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra are being disinfected.
Poultry products from Karnataka suspected to be contaminated will be identified and safely destroyed. Teams of Animal husbandry officials will take a survey of unusual sickness and mortality in poultry farms and also inspect poultry meat shops for any symptoms of lesions of flu in live and slaughtered birds.