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Bird flu alert in Kerala

To add to the growing fears of the possibility of a global pandemic after bird flu  and mad cow disease scares in China and Britain, Kerala now joins the list having issued a bird flu alert recently following the outbreak of avian influenza in one of the government farms.

A complete ban has been announced on the entry of all poultry products into Kerala and several thousand chickens and turkeys have been already culled.

In an era of increasing globalization and porous borders, what steps can be taken to avoid a “Black Death” like scenario? What can governments do to keep their citizens safe when transmitting a deadly disease is just a matter of being next to an infected bird?

Read the article in today’s Hindu for more details on the latest bird flu alert in Kerala.

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