October 21, 2011
Thailand steps up vigilance as one million chickens perish
Thai Health authorities have strengthened measures to avoid an outbreak of infectious diseases following the death of more than one million chickens last weekend in closed poultry farms in Ayutthaya's flood-hit Bang Pa-in district.
Millions of chickens drowned after the farms were submerged by flood water. Most of their bodies were stuck in the "closed" farms, but the decaying carcasses were now causing a bad stench after being underwater for a month.
"We are now asking the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to sanitise water around the chicken farms, by using EM liquid," Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri confirmed. EM refers to Effective Micro-organisms, which would be used to break down toxic materials in the carcasses.
People were advised to keep chicken carcasses in a trash bag or well-wrapped in a plastic bag, and give them to livestock officials so they can get rid of the bodies without causing any health problems.
Livestock Development Department director-general, Trissadee Chaosuancharoen, and his team inspected farms yesterday. "Though disease outbreaks caused by flooding have not yet been confirmed, people cannot afford to be complacent about prevention." he said.