All you need to know about new ‘chicken disease’ spreading in Pakistan

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An acute respiratory disease similar to the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading among chickens across Pakistan.
According to details, a virus called ‘infectious coryza’ has spread in poultry farms across the country, and several poultry farms in Karachi have been closed after the disease.
Speaking to a local news channel, the Chairman Consumer Association Pakistan, Kokab Iqbal, said the disease is similar to coronavirus disease in which chickens have a common cold and respiratory problems.
Iqbal added that chickens had suffered from bird flu and “Ranikhet” disease in the past, which resulted in a record decline in their retail prices.
He urged people to get them safe from the virus and adopt precautionary measures in this context.

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It is pertinent to mention here that poultry retail prices have increased over the past week, and chicken meat was being sold between PKR 520-600 per kg.

What is Infectious Coryza in Chickens?

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Infectious coryza is a respiratory disease of chicken characterized by reduced activity, nasal discharge, sneezing, and facial swelling. The disease apparently affects only chicken.
In countries such as the US, the disease is seen primarily in pullets and laying hens and occasionally in broilers. In lower- and middle-income countries, the disease often is seen in very young chicks (three weeks old).
Inadequate biosecurity practices and environmental circumstances may contribute to the rate of its growth. Moreover, Infectious coryza is not a zoonotic disease (transferable to humans) and thus lacks public health importance.

In other words, human consumption of meat or eggs derived from chickens contaminated with coryza presents no risk for human health.

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