October 13, 2005

Bird Flu in India

It would be naive to think that bird flu has not entered India. Migratory birds do not adhere to visitor visas and regulations like us humans do.If the bird flu problem has reached Romania. Why does India think it is safe? Starting in south east asia, this has become a problem of epidemic proportions.
But nooo, our politicians are still preening their feathers in parliament house. Their daily dose of bribe should be on their table and the rest can go screw themselves. How can you expect them to protect India from the bird flu? Many of the politicians aren't even aware how big the problem of bird flu actually is worldwide. They are still appeasing the minority communities and "fighting" for the common man.
Migratory birds returning from China have stopped by in India too. There are posters in bangalore eateries that say "This restaurant has been checked for bird flu" but you gotta be kidding me. The slaughter and meat cooking practices of Indian eateries are far inferior to that of Europe and the US(1). Meat handling is primitive. Slaughter takes place in unhygenic slaughter houses and the tropical temperatures are conducive to the fast spread of bird flu.

Take a look the article I posted from the washpost 3 days back about resurrecting the bird flu. http://logtk.blogspot.com/2005/10/resurrecting-1918-flu-virus-took-many.html

(1)The article I wanted to post in this matter is not currently available. Bangalore Times of India published it between may and aug 05 about Bangalore's biggest slaughterhouse.

`Worst Thing'

The outbreak of the bird flu in Romania halts the 17.5 million euros ($21 million) of poultry the country exports annually to the EU. It also threatens a European industry that slaughters 7.8 billion birds a year, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.

``It's the worst thing that could have happened to Romania,'' Sorin Minea, president of the Romanian Association of Meat Producers, said in an interview with Realitatea. Sales will drop and producers will face higher costs as they try to prevent the spread of the virus, he said.

The last time the disease struck the EU, in 2003, more than 25 million chickens were slaughtered in the Netherlands and a veterinarian died after contracting the illness, according to the Lancet medical journal. Another 5 million birds in Germany and Belgium also were slaughtered.


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