A wake-up call on bird flu

T. NANDAKUMAR


?Kerala needs to monitor poultry movement across borders.?
John Weaver

It is important for a country like India to develop the capacity to investigate and control bird flu and other animal diseases, Dr. Weaver, Chief Technical Advisor, Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, Food and Agriculture Organisation, tells T. Nandakumar.

Though India has a strong diagnostic system and response plan for bird flu, it needs to improve detection of the disease and address the problem of under-reporting of cases, according to John Weaver, Chief Technical Advisor, Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.

Dr. Weaver, who headed an FAO delegation to a two-day surveillance training programme on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) here recently, told The Hindu that it was important for a country like India to develop the capacity to investigate and control bird flu and other animal diseases.

The workshop, which concluded on Wednesday, focussed on detection and monitoring of the disease. Veterinarians from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep were exposed to surveillance methods, data capture and epidemiology of the disease to understand its behaviour, biology and characteristics.
...
http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/...cle3904193.ece