Special programmes will be conducted this year too to prevent the emergence of bird flu epidemics. These programmes will focus on identification and control of suspected bird flu outbreaks, said Dr. (Mrs.) Swarna Herath, Director General of Department of Animal Production and Health.
A mechanism will be created to promptly notify incidents of suspected mass deaths of birds through a hotline. Measures have already been formulated to be followed in case of a bird flu epidemic.
Special attention has been payed to enhance awareness about the identification and management of such outbreaks, among farm staff.
Joint programmes will be conducted with the participation of veteranary and public health staff to strengthen the response capacity during a suspected or actual outbreak.
Source: Lankadeepa, 01.01.2009