Recently, there was the disastrous Barnard Matthews turkey factory farm episode, which resulted in the first Bird Flu outbreak in the British domestic poultry.
Now there is an increasing concern around the world about the link between the Bird Flu and other viruses and factory farming of poultry.
It is said that there is a strong possibility that these cramped unnatural conditions imposed upon the poultry in these factory farms help breed viruses and other diseases.
Dr. Michael Greger, director of public health at the Humane Society of the United States said that overcrowding in chicken confinements, where there are large numbers of chickens in inadequate ventilation, with little sunlight, all create an environment that could create a “super strain” of the influenza.
“The poultry industry is not only playing with fire,” Greger told students at ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “They are fanning the flames.”
He said wild birds are attracted to large poultry sheds because there is food there. He said he is concerned that the virus could mutate into one that more easily spreads to humans. He said the virus has already changed from an intestinal virus in ducks to one that is spread through the air between chickens.
“By adapting to chickens, (the virus) is partially adapting to human beings,” he said, explaining that the respiratory tract of chickens resembles the respiratory tracts of primates, like monkeys.
A chicken industry spokesman said such confinements actually make an avian-flu outbreak less likely here. “The reason we put these birds in these facilities is to protect them,” said Kevin Vinchattle, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association.
The above excerpts are from an article by Lisa Rossi & Tony Leys writing for The Des Moines Register.
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