Monday, October 24, 2005
A number of security measures are being taken by Trinidad's major poultry producers as they brace for a possible outbreak of bird flu.
Fine wire mesh screens are going up at 300 chicken pens at Nutramix Poultry farms, and footpaths are being constructed for visitors who will have to have their footwear sanitised before entering the farms.
Poultry dealers have been taking part in drills on what should be done if their farms were hit by the virus that can be passed on from birds to people.
Migratory birds from other countries are also being watched.
The disease, also known as Avian Flu, is responsible for several deaths in Asia. It is currently moving across Europe and is said to have reached neighbouring Suriname.
More than a 100 million birds world-wide have been killed in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.