Revista de Salud Animal
versão ISSN 0253-570X
ALFONSO, P; PERCEDO, María Irian; ABELEDO, María Antonia e FERNANDEZ, A. SOME CONSIDERATIONS FOR POULTRY MASS SALAUGHTER IN AVIAN INFLUENZA OUTBREAKS. Rev Salud Anim. [online]. 2007, vol.29, n.2, pp. 69-77. ISSN 0253-570X.
In severe disease outbreaks, large numbers of animals may need to be killed for control purposes, which is complex. This task results in sanitary, environmental and ethical problems no completely solved worldwide. In the case of poultry industry, it is very difficult because individuals are raised at high stocking densities. In addition, the zoonotic potential of avian influenza is increased, so their slaughter on premises suspected to be AI infected, must be completed with special concern. This paper summarizes the main considerations for taking decisions regarding slaughter of poultry infected by AI virus, the methods for killing them in such cases according to the safeguarding personnel involved, the impact on the environment, animal welfare aspects as well as the proper disposal of dead birds and contaminated waste.
Palavras-chave : avian influenza; depopulation; stamping out; sanitation; poultry; eradication; control.