Chicken in cages. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The outbreak of H5N1 avian flu across a number of poultry farms in the Bekaa Valley has thrust the issue into the limelight.The measures have been put in place not just to prevent possible cases of bird flu, but also to protect the farms from other infections and diseases.Freiji added that the biosecurity measures are not yet applied by all farms, something he has called for in order to ensure poultry safety.Fears of a full-fledged outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus emerged Thursday, after Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb announced it had been found in a number of poultry farms in the Baalbek-Hermel village of Nabi Sheet in eastern Lebanon. H5N1 is a highly contagious avian flu that, although it does not often infect humans, can be life-threatening when it does.
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