New handbook helps Latin America and the Caribbean prevent bird flu
In order to help prevent a possible outbreak of
avian flu in Latin America and the Caribbea, and to enhance public awareness
of the disease, the FAO has published a new handbook targeted to the
region's small-scale poultry farmers.
is specifically designed to meet the needs of small-scale and farmyard poultry
production units. The handbook stresses simple and affordable methods to prevent
and control the disease," said Joseph Domenech, head of FAO's
"It is very important for poultry farmers to be acquainted with the
characteristics of this disease so that they can recognize it in the event of an
outbreak, and immediately report it to the authorities. Prevention is the most
effective weapon to forestall more serious damage and keep Latin America free of
this fatal disease," he added.
FAO's handbook is intended for
widespread distribution and has been made available free-of-charge on the UN agency's website
. It will also be circulated among the staff of local veterinary
services and livestock technicians working with small-scale producers in Latin
America and the Caribbean.
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