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How to avoid bird flu? Is it safe to eat chicken, eggs? Know all details here

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New Delhi: Many states in India are now battling an outbreak of bird flu amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Hundreds of birds have died in Haryana, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh and many states have also increased vigilance due to bird flu or avian influenza. Poultry sales have been affected in several states by the outbreak of bird flu, with some states banning the sale of poultry products. 

The question is, are eggs and chicken safe for consumption after the outbreak of bird flu?

What is bird flu?

It is also known as avian influenza or avian flu. Bird flu is an infection caused by a virus, which occurs naturally among birds. Bird flu is very contagious among birds, including chickens and ducks. This makes the birds very sick and kills them.

According to the World Health Organization, chicken and other chickens are safe to eat if cooked properly. The WHO recommends cooking chicken at or above 70 ° C throughout the product, so that no meat remains raw and red. 

The WHO also believes that consumers have not found any evidence of exposure to the virus through the handling or consumption of poultry products.

What to do to avoid the risk of bird flu infection:

– Eat meat in the form of cooked or prepared foods

– Do not use the same chopping board or the same knife to cut both chicken and vegetables

– Do not handle both raw meat and cooked foods without washing your hands in between

– Do not use raw or soft-boiled eggs in food preparation that will not be heat treated or cooked

– Clean and wash your hands

– Wash your hands thoroughly with soap after handling raw poultry or eggs

– Disinfect all surfaces and utensils that come in contact with raw meat

– The AIIMS institute has suggested that when baking an egg it should be sure that its yolk is firm. Egg yolk or liquid should be avoided.

Animal Husbandry Secretary Atul Chaturvedi expressed concern over the consumption of poultry products amid the outbreak of bird flu. He reiterated that there is no harm in the consumption of poultry products. He further said that so far there are no cases of this bird flu being infected in humans.

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