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Monday, October 03, 2016
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News More Roadshows Planned to Improve UK's Avian Flu Preparedness
UK - The Poultry Health and Welfare Group (PHWG) have organised a second series of avian flu roadshows across the country for poultry producers.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
South Africa - Bird Flu News Low Path Bird Flu Back Again in South Africa's Ostrich Sector
SOUTH AFRICA - Another outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza has affected a commercial ostrich farm in South Africa's Western Cape province.
United States - Bird Flu News Seminar Highlights Avian Flu Preparedness After 2015 Outbreak Cost Billions
US - The economic losses caused by the avian influenza outbreak across the US in 2015 was $3.3 billion, according to Dr Melburn Stephens, speaking at USPOULTRY’s recent 2016 Live Production and Welfare Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Kills 500 Birds on Backyard Holding in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Over 100 birds died due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on a backyard poultry holding in Taiwan recently.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Cameroon - Bird Flu News Further Bird Flu Outbreak Found in Cameroon
CAMEROON - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been discovered in the Ouest region of Cameroon.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News  More Bird Flu Found in Ghana
GHANA - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in the Greater Accra region of Ghana.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
France - Bird Flu News More Low Path Bird Flu Found in France
FRANCE - Another outbreak of low pathogenic bird flu has been discovered in France.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza-Free India a Big Relief to its Poultry Producers
INDIA - India is free from avian influenza (H5N1) or bird flu from September 5, 2016, the department of agriculture and animal husbandry has declared, writes Basudev Mahapatra.
Monday, September 19, 2016
France - Bird Flu News France Lifts Bird Movement Restrictions as Flu Outbreaks End
FRANCE - The French agriculture department lifted restrictions on the movement of birds in 17 south-western departments last week, saying that the outbreaks of avian influenza that began in 2015 have ended, according to EFEAGRO.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Further Bird Flu Outbreaks Found in Ghana
GHANA - Three new highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks have been found in Ghana's Greater Accra and Central regions.
Friday, September 09, 2016
South Africa - Bird Flu News Further Low Path Bird Flu Found in South African Ostriches
SOUTH AFRICA - A commercial ostrich farm in South Africa has been hit by low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
China - Bird Flu News Another Bird Flu Outbreak Found in China
CHINA - A new outbreak of H5N6 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in Guizhou province, China.
Friday, September 02, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Four New Bird Flu Outbreaks Found in Southern Ghana
GHANA - Three new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Ghana's Greater Accra region, with another discovered in the Central region.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Togo - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Outbreaks Kill Thousands of Birds in Togo
TOGO - Two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Togo, on semi-modern farms without biosecurity measures, according to reports to the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE).
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Found in Alaskan Duck
US - The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a wild mallard duck from a state wildlife refuge near Fairbanks, Alaska.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News US Poultry Export Potential Driven by Avian Flu
ANALYSIS - The risk of high-path avian influenza (HPAI) is expected to have a major impact on US poultry exports in the next few years, according to a report from Rabobank.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News African Poultry Wrap: Zambian Supplies Firm as West Africa Suffers Bird Flu Woes
AFRICA - Despite problems with weather patterns, rising imports and disease outbreaks, prices and supplies of poultry products in leading Southern African markets continue to firm up, while chicken production in West Africa could be affected by shortages of layer pullets in an industry hard hit by outbreaks of bird flu this year. Tawanda Korombo reports.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Peru - Bird Flu News Peru Extends Bird Flu Ban on French Poultry Products After Further Outbreaks
PERU - Peru's National Service of Agrarian Health (SENASA) has extended its suspension of imports of live poultry, hatching eggs and poultry products from certain areas of France, following the outbreaks of avian influenza there.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Bird Flu H5N1 Strain Continues to Spread in Ghana
GHANA - Three new outbreaks of H5N1 strain highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Ghana.
China - Bird Flu News China Struggles with Lower Broiler Breeding Stock after Flu Restrictions
CHINA - China is the second largest broiler meat consumer in the world, but production is forecast to drop by 5 per cent in calendar year 2016 due to China’s continued import restrictions on grandparent stock from major trading partners.
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Avian Influenza

(aka bird flu, avian flu) is caused by a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenza virus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic.Strains of avian influenza virus may infect various types of animals, including birds, pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. However, wild fowl act as natural asymptomatic carriers, spreading it to more susceptible domestic stocks. Avian influenza virus spreads in the air and in manure and there is no evidence that the virus can survive in well cooked meat.

How to Recognise Avian Influenza
What to look for
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Soft-shelled eggs
  • Depression and droopiness
  • Sudden drop in egg production
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cyanosis (purplish-blue coloring) of wattles and comb
  • Edema and swelling of head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Green diarrhoea
  • Blood-tinged discharge from nostrils
  • Incoordination, including loss of ability to walk and stand
  • Pin-point hemorrhages (most easily seen on the feet and shanks)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Increased death losses in a flock
  • Sudden death
  • Nasal discharges
For more detail in avian influenza in poultry click here
Poultry Vaccination

Poultry Vaccination as a strategy for controlling AI in commercial birds

Outbreaks of avian influenza in the poultry industry cause devastating economic losses and is generally controlled through extensive culling of infected birds. Alternative strategies also use vaccination as a supplementary control measure during avian influenza outbreaks.

.Advantages of Vaccination
  • Vaccination reduces susceptibility to infection.
  • A higher dose of virus is necessary to infect the vaccinated birds.
  • Vaccinated birds shed less virus.
    - Decreased contamination of the environment.
    - Decreased risk of human infection
  • Used strategically vaccination compliments a stamping out strategy by slowing/stopping the spread of the virus
For more information on poultry vaccination see:

Avian Influenza (Fowl Plague) is a potentially devastating disease, predominantly of chickens and turkeys, although the virus can also affect game birds (pheasants, partridge and quail), ratites (ostrich and emu), psittacine and passerine birds.

Avian Influenza is caused by an orthomyxovirus, or influenza virus and can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.

Precautionary requirements include cleaning and disinfection of premises and the establishment of a Biosecurity barrier to help prevent spread of disease is essential.

For more information on biosecurity see the links below

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