BIRDвЂ™S FLU: IS AZERBAIJAN READY TO FIGHT WITH THEM?
Experts of the World Health (WHO) warns that the virus of birdвЂ™s flu can shortly start mutating and become a cause for global pandemic of fatal damage for flu affected people, while the number of victims can reach 150 million people. Pandemic of birdвЂ™s flu will cause tremendous human losses and perhaps, the world economic crisis. The new researches, published by big financial organizations, assert that the epidemic will yield devastating results in the South-East Asia.
As of last data, 39 cases of birdвЂ™s flue have been registered in laboratories in Thailand and Vietnam. 29 of them had fatal ends. As of recent conclusions by a group of scientists from England and the United States, a pandemic of a Spanish women who killed 20 million people throughout the world started as birdвЂ™s flu.
Economy and birdвЂ™s flu
The World Bank regards the birdвЂ™s flu as one of the essential threats to economy of the Asian-Pacific region. In accordance with the WBвЂ™s report, the birdвЂ™s flu can damage the tourist, transport and retail trade, and it is observed in several countries of the world. Thus, China barred import of poultry from 14 countries, whereas some regions complain of decrease in the level of tourism. Dag Chester, AustraliaвЂ™s representative at the Asian-Pacific Economic cooperation organization, called on the countries to avoid the panic.
The United States, which announced on approval of over $7bn for the preparations for possible pandemic of birdвЂ™s flu, predicts the financial losses to comprise $170bn manats in connection with the expenses for medical services and fall in labor productivity.
Agriculture was the major victim of birdвЂ™s flu in Europe. The panic prevented the Europeans to purchase and eat chicken meat.
The pandemic of вЂ�birdвЂ™s fluвЂ™ can decrease world demand for oil by 7 million barrels a day, the American consultation company PIRA Energy Group forecasts. The experts analyzed that the вЂ�birdвЂ™s fluвЂ™ mutates the form of infecting others, while it can decrease the passenger transportation.
We hold on silence
Azerbaijan fears of pandemic of birdвЂ™s flu, while it is not expect to come to reality in Azerbaijan. According to estimation of Azerbaijani epidemiologists, virus mutant will not appear this year. Nevertheless, the Azerbaijani specialists do not undertake to exclude the appearance of birdвЂ™s flu. The doubts by medical specialists are grounded with the fact Azerbaijan neighbors with Turkey, Iran and Russia, where the cases of birdвЂ™s flue were found. Therefore, the Azerbaijani government imposed a ban on chicken import from Iran early this October.
вЂњNext monitoring of existence of the bird flu will be conducted in Azerbaijan from 9 November,вЂќ Elman Aslanov, the Director of the Veterinary Laboratory of the Agriculture Ministry, told Trend. The monitoring will be carried out with participation of specialists of veterinary service, the Ecology and Natural Recourses Ministry, the Health Ministry and the Azerbaijan Society of Hunters.
According to Emin Shahbazov, the head of the Veterinary Service under the Agriculture Ministry, it will come as 3rd monitoring held in the country. The monitoring conducted in Absheron, the national parks Shirvan, Aghgol, Gizilaghaj State Natural Reserve, the Caspian shore did not revealed any signs of the disease.
вЂњThe next monitoring will be conducted in these territories as well,вЂќ Shahbazov said.
Besides, the Ministry works on prevention of the bird flu, including, strengthening of control on borders, holding of meeting with owners of broiler enterprises twice a week.
According to him, it is prematurely to ascertain that the вЂњbirdвЂ™s fluвЂќ is spread on the area, as there are no results of analyses so far. If it is in Turkey, it may also reach the Caucasus. The rate of dissemination may be small, therefore the monitoring held by the AzerbaijanвЂ™s Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources gave no results. The fact of duckвЂ™s mortality has not been confirmed by the NAR official bodies yet, however, the veterinary services took analysesвЂќ, he noted.
Earlier a plague of 200 ducks had been fixed in the territory of the Nakhchivan Autinomous (NAR). The Baku Represetation of the (NAR) rebuffed reports on the spread of the вЂ�birdвЂ™s fluвЂ™ in the area of the republic,вЂњ head of the Representative Office, Rashad Gulamov said.
The fact was fixed, while the plague of birds in the area of 4-4.5km does not mean the existence of a virus of the disease.
вЂњThe analysis of the dead birds at the veterinary service of the NAR showed on absence of any manifestation of such disease,вЂќ the same source underlined.
Gulamov noted that or the time being there existed 2 versions, which could cause the plague of bird вЂ" food poisoning and infection diseases, while not necessarily the вЂ�birdвЂ™s fluвЂ™.
вЂњThe Ministry of Ecology, sanitary-quarantine inspection and veterinary services of the NAR permanently holds appropriate actions in case the disease evolves in this republic,вЂќ Gulamov underlined.
However, there is fall in purchase of chicken in Azerbaijan as the inquiry of shop assistants show.
How to get secured
To get secured against the infection, the specialists recommend preventive inculcations, to follow the elementary norms of hygiene. It is necessary to boil chicken no less than 10 minutes, as virus immediately dies in temperature of 100 degrees. Besides, the consumers are called on to avoid purchase of meat which did not undergo sanitary and veterinary control, as well as individual and private shopping centers.
The recommendations urge that it is possible to differ the infected meat for different signs. In particular, the infected meat is wet, while skin of the infected chicken is sticky and yellow-green colored. Infection with the birdвЂ™s flu is possible in case of use of raw meat and hitting of the damaged section of the skin with the blood of infected chicken. To avoid the infection, the Health Ministry requests the people to use resin gloves while cooking.