Sanitation for 10 days to check bird flu

Sanitation for 10 days to check bird flu

The problems related to the avian flu reported at the Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO) farm in Hesaraghatta are expected to prolong given the complicated process of sanitisation required to make the farm completely clean.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Aravind Jannu, Principal Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences said: “Just the sanitisation process is expected to take at least eight to 10 days. Nothing can be ignored in the set procedures given the kind of pace with which flu can spread and we also need to take care of disposing the birds that have been and those that will be culled to prevent the disease from spreading further.”

Chemicals

Explaining the process, a senior official said that the dead birds, including those culled, have to be buried in a four-layered pit, which will have to be filled with different kinds of chemicals at each layer so as to ascertain that the bodies have been disposed without leaving any chance of the flu spreading.

Besides this, all the equipment in the farm have to be sanitised. “There are different procedures to sanitise plastic equipment, iron and steel equipment and all the processes have to be foolproof,” Jannu said.

Litter problem

More than disposing of the dead birds and sanitising the facility, scientific disposal of the litter, the paddy husk used in the sheds and the seeds is a more difficult task, Jannu said. The employees at the farm are, however, equipped to do the same in the prescribed manner, he added.

“With culling of the birds already in progress, we have more than one earth mover ready at the sites. The process of disposing the bodies has also begun. But one must understand the complexities involved and give us some time to complete the process without there being a chance of recurrence,” Jannu said.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been instructed to keep a vigil on the bird flu situation despite Hesaraghatta area not coming under Palike’s jurisdiction. Dr Devaki Umesh, Chief Health Officer, BBMP said that they have being asked to keep a tab on unusual death of any bird in the City.

“If there is an unusual death of any bird, we have been instructed to inform the Animal Husbandry Department. We have stocked up the anti-viral drug Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in case of emergency,” she added.

Dr Devaki said that ever since the news of bird flu has spread, the prices of bird products including chicken and eggs have fallen in the City.  Even the sale of these products have come down, she added.

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