A special camp to vaccinate poultry birds to protect it from Ranikhet disease got under way here, state wide, in Tamil Nadu.
The camp organised by the Department of Animal Husbandry will be held till February 14.
Collector H. Krishnanunni in a release said that the disease is caused by a virus that affects all birds (chicken) during summer. It causes diarrhoea in birds leading to death. The release said that farmers and the public who have birds should vaccinate them during the two week camp that will be held at veterinary dispensaries. A total of 2.50 lakh birds would be administered the vaccine by veterinary doctors at the villages, said Virudhunagar Collector R. Kannan.
Though the disease, that leads to whitish diarrhoea among the poultry birds was not found in the district, the vaccination is being done as part of a State-wide programme, said Joint Director of Animal Husbandry S. Arunachalakani.