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Chicken stalls, farms closed

Sreekanth from Vengeri inspecting his chicken coop after bird-flu affected chicken died there in the last couple of days.

Sreekanth from Vengeri inspecting his chicken coop after bird-flu affected chicken died there in the last couple of days.   | Photo Credit: K_RAGESH

Sale of ornamental birds, chicken dishes banned in hotels

Functioning of chicken farms and stalls has been stopped within Kodiyathur grama panchayat and in Vengeri within the Kozhikode Corporation limits after bird flu cases were reported from there on Friday.

The sale of ornamental birds and chicken dishes in hotels too has been banned for the time being. Animal Husbandry Department officials said bird flu was being reported for the first time in Kozhikode district. Reports of illness and deaths of backyard poultry following a rise in atmospheric temperature and stress-related secondary infection, however, were being monitored for some time.

An alert was issued as the disease has a rare chance to spread among humans and the mortality and morbidity rate is high. But, M.K. Prasad, Director, Animal Husbandry, said the virus causes human infection only in rare circumstances.

Department officials said the disease did not get transmitted through consumption of cooked eggs or poultry meat. The virus will die within half an hour if exposed to 60 degrees Celsius temperature. Formalin and bleaching powder can destroy it. S.M. Sabu, Joint Director, Poultry, said the egg and meat of chicken, duck and quail could be consumed if cooked properly.

Case in Kuttanad

In 2014 and 2016, it had caused huge losses to the duck farmers of Kuttanad. No human transmission had happened on both occasions.

Migratory birds are the natural reservoirs of this virus as they may carry it to long distances. The virus can survive for days in a damp environment.

Live bird market, waterbodies, and visiting sites of migratory birds are high-risk areas. Sudden and heavy unusual rate of deaths is a warning sign. Affected birds may show respiratory difficulty, bluishness of comb and haemorrhages on non-feathered areas or they may die without any clinical signs.

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