With the start of fall, Taiwan has entered the peak season for bird flu. And because of its role as an important over-wintering spot for migratory birds, Taiwan is especially at risk, and domestic poultry raisers must therefore increase their vigilance and take steps to prevent invasion by the virus. In order to reinforce the disease control knowledge and poultry farm biosafety management skills of poultry raisers in Taichung City, the Health Inspection Office called together raisers at the "2020 3rd Major Poultry Disease and Biosafety Awareness Meeting," which was held in the conference room of the Dongda Restaurant in the city's Houli District on October 8. This event featured a class on the topic of "Exploring commonly seen problems raising fryer chickens" given by veterinarian Chen Shi-lun.
Mutating avian pathogens and changing climate have made diseases of poultry increasingly complex and problematic. Once poultry flocks are infected, they very commonly suffer from mixed infections of multiple pathogens, which makes treatment even more difficult. Apart from implementing comprehensive vaccination plans, it is therefore also extremely important for poultry raisers to properly manage the raising environment, and correctly controlling the temperature and humidity in poultry sheds, making sure ventilation is good, and improving density problems are the keys to success. The speaker used photographs from actual poultry farms to show the manifestations of such commonly seen diseases as airsacculitis, viral arthritis, infectious bursal disease (IBD), and mycoplasmosis (MG/MS), explain key control methods, and analyze risk and potential environmental hazards in flock infection case studies. Emphasis was placed on disease prevention measures such as the upgrading of hardware and software facilities, and strengthening of environmental sanitation, and participants were reminded that these measures can not only reduce need for antibiotics and other drugs, but can also effectively achieve disease control goals and provide economic benefits to poultry farms.
The content of this class was varied and intensive, and the discussion between the speaker and the poultry farmers in attendance was enthusiastic, making the event very productive for all. After the class, the Health Inspection Office provided awareness concerning key items of the city's "Avian influenza subtype H5 and H7 prevention measures" and relevant disease prevention policies. To ensure their own safety and protect their industry, this Office also reminded poultry raisers that they must establish bird-prevention facilities complying with regulations to reduce the risk of contact between poultry and migratory, wild birds, and must also implement entry controls and perform cleaning and disinfection of poultry sheds and other farm areas.