Eggs should not be stored in refrigerators because the cooler conditions might allow the bird-flu virus to live longer, increasing the chance of exposure to humans, a senior Chulalongkorn University researcher said Thursday.
Professor Yong Phuvoravan, who is part of a team examining patterns of genes in bird flu, said that while the virus can be caught only through direct contact with chickens, refrigerated conditions could allow the virus to live longer on the outside of eggshells.
Speaking at a bird-flu seminar at the Chula Academy Exhibition Thursday, he urged people to wash their eggs carefully, especially those smattered with chicken droppings, and not to store them in their fridges. He added that people should wash their hands well after touching the eggs and cook the eggs in 70-degree Celsius heat. The virus has mutated by about 3 per cent from the first batch found in 2003, which was a natural process, he said. However, as yet there has been no evidence of a mutation to make the virus transmittable from human to human.
Yong did say, however, that over consumption of the Tamiflu vaccine could lead to the virus building up a resistance.
I would think that bird flu infected eggs should not be kept at all, but destroyed. All eggs should be refrigerated to keep the shelf life. If you think the eggs may be effected I would suggest you not buy them in the first place.
I tend to agree with Wanderer, granted you may not know if the egg is infected or not, however, an egg nto kept in the fridge but at room temp of about 28 deg C, which is well within the viral tolerance levels, so it wouldn’t make too much of a difference.
keeping it in the fridge, is a more practical idea, as it does maintain the shelf life. just dont eat raw eggs, and you should be fine. or better yet, eat BEEF!
Once you handled a contaminated egg and touch somethings else with that hand ,there is a good chance of cross-contamination.Washing hands in this case may not help. Store eggs at an ambient temp of 28C ,perfect breeding condition for virus or bacteria .
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