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Poultry workers should know and follow biosecurity practices to prevent the introduction of avian influenza and other diseases into a poultry flock. An understanding of how infection can be spread is important for both effective biosecurity and worker safety and health practices.
Poultry farm employers should:
Keep an "all in, all-out" philosophy of flock management, where all the birds enter and leave the facility on the same days and the facility is disinfected between groups of birds
Protect poultry flocks from coming into contact with wild or migratory birds. Keep poultry away from any source of water that may have been contaminated by wild birds
Permit only essential workers and vehicles to enter the operation
Provide clean clothing and disinfection facilities for employees
Thoroughly clean and disinfect equipment and vehicles (including tires and undercarriages) entering and leaving the farm
Do not loan to, or borrow equipment and/or vehicles from other operations
Avoid visiting other poultry operations. If you do visit another operation or live-bird market, change footwear and clothing before working with your own flock
Do not bring birds from slaughter channels, especially live-bird markets, back to the operation
Use disinfectant mats with a 1:10 bleach/water solution or other proven solution that kills the avian flu virus
It's important to disinfect boots
that are worn on and off
Contaminated clothing should
be washed separate
from other clothing.
It's important to wash your hands
frequently to prevent the spread
of Avian Flu.
It's important to disinfect boots that are worn on and off the operation.
Contaminated clothing should be washed separate from other clothing.
It's important to wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of Avian Flu.