Nov 19, 2012
Sreedevi Chitharanjan, TNN
KOZHIKODE: Department of animal husbandry has beefed up measures to prevent
The department has tightened vigil in the Kadalundi bird sanctuary, Mavoor wetland region near and wetland areas where migratory birds from different parts of the world visit during October to March.
The move was taken following a direction issued by the Kerala state
animal husbandry department to all its district offices to keep tight
vigil in places visited by migratory birds. An outbreak of avian
influenza was reported in Maharashtra in 2006. Migratory birds infected
with the virus are capable of spreading the bird flu in the continents
they visit. The birds carry the virus in intestine and distribute via
faeces. Though the avian influenza virus does not directly infect human
beings, several cases of human infections and outbreak have been
reported around the world.
Officials of the animal husbandry
department have also started random checking of poultry farms and pig
farms and will send the report to the chief veterinary officer every
An expert-team lead by district co-ordinator of animal
disease control project has already visited the Kadalundi bird sanctuary
and other two wetlands. The department has constituted ,
two mobile squads and 50 rapid response teams to conduct checks during
the visit of migratory birds. District veterinary officer and deputy
director of the department supervise the work. The department has
already imparted training classes to officials of health department in
"Migratory birds enter the state through
Maharashtra and we cannot rule out the possibility of an outbreak. There
are chances of persons coming in contact with said getting infected with bird flu,"Dr Jancy Sreekumar, district coordinator of animal disease control project.
"The bird flu H5N1 strain had killed many people across the world. We
don't have to take a chance and hence taken preventive measures," she
added. A virus and prevent a possible outbreak of avian influenza or bird flu.