Better livestock surveillance needed as zoonotic infections increase, TN vets urge


Veterinary experts and members of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary Graduate Federation urged stakeholders, including farmers, poultry traders and the national livestock department, to strengthen biosecurity measures in Tamil Nadu so that zoonotic infections, including the spread of e-coli infection, are reduced. “Although there is no outbreak of bird flu or Rhaniket’s disease, the viral infections are still there. Like humans, livestock are vulnerable to cholera and RDVK infection, resulting in livestock mortality, ”said veterinarian M Balaji of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary Graduates Federation.

“Runoff from lakes and bodies of water carries e-coli and other viral infections, which exacerbate zoonotic infections in livestock and humans. The extra winter season is usually conducive to dormant virus activation, so biosecurity measures and livestock surveillance is crucial during this time. Traces of minerals and multivitamins should be added to the diet, ”Balaji added.

“A few fatal cases of Rhaniket’s disease have been reported in Chennai, Vellore and Erode, but there is no major outbreak. Poultry farmers were urged to improve the living conditions of livestock. reported at the Kerala border and neighboring state is closely monitoring infections, “said a knowledgeable source. The poultry and beef industry needs to be watched closely as meat plays a major role in the dietary supplement In addition, food affected by humidity when fed to animals increases the incidence of viral infections in animals, the veterinary source said adding that fish are also vulnerable to infections. kidneys and liver during winter and food contamination.

It can be noted that the ostriches in the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur died of viral infections, although RDVK, avian cholera and IBH were excluded, the cause remains to be determined.

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