With the H7N9 China bird flu scare happening right now, more and more families are getting worried of contacting the disease. Reports say that all the selling of poultry products have been halted in the said country as of early April this year.
Although you might not be living in China, the fact that the avian or bird flu has migrating birds as “spreaders” is a topmost concern. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe during the bird flu epidemic.
Make sure to cook poultry products well. Avian virus or bird virus is generally destroyed and killed by heat. In cooking chicken, make sure that the meat has turned white (not pink) and the juices no longer have traces of blood. To be sure, check that the cooked chicken has 74 degrees Celsius as its internal temperature.
In preparing to cook poultry products, make sure to wash all utensils and anything else that has come in contact with the raw poultry product. It is best to wash it with hot soapy water. Kitchen utensils like chopping boards and the knife should be cleaned thoroughly.
As much as possible, avoid consuming raw eggs. Raw or even undercooked eggs are harmful not because of their content but because of their outer covering or the eggshell which may be contaminated.
Always remember to wash your hands. Wash your hands with soap and water for an appropriate length of time. If you cannot do it with soap and water, use a hand sanitizer or even alcohol.
No matter what, always take pre cautious when dealing with raw meat. Make sure the meat is fully cooked before eating.
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