The National Chicken Council said biosecurity is the poultry industry’s first line of defense against all avian diseases, including bird flu.
The virus, which resulted in the death of 48 million chickens and turkeys nationwide this year – including about 34 million in Iowa – was detected in 15 states. State and federal officials are watching to see if the virus reappears this fall when birds migrate south from Canada. Bird flu is believed to have originated from wild birds, but government officials have said a contributor to the spread of the virus was lapses in biosecurity such as unsanitized worker boots or equipment.
The poultry group identified nine biosecurity measures that should be followed to prevent the spread of the disease. They include avoiding sharing farm equipment; ensuring that all people have disinfected or new footwear before entering a house or facility; and adequate training of farmers, farm and company personal in biosecurity and disease prevention.
“Rigorous implementation of biosecurity principles will be essential to preventing disease introduction onto broiler chicken operations,” said Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council.
A study released this month by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation estimated the outbreak cost Iowa, the nation’s No. 1 egg producer, $1.2 billion in lost production and wages. The last case to be discovered in the state was on June 17.
(Source – http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/green-fields/2015/08/25/poultry-bird-flu-tips/32342865/)