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Friday, May 22, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Three New US Bird Flu Outbreaks in Iowa
US - Three more outbreaks of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed in the US, but no new outbreaks have been reported in Minnesota for several days.
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United States - Bird Flu News 6 Days Without a New Minnesota Bird Flu Case: Is the Outbreak Winding Down?
New reports of avian influenza on Minnesota poultry farms seemed to be a daily occurrence earlier this spring. So the absence of any such reports for nearly a week is generating hopes that the virus may be loosening its grip on the state.
United States - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Crisis Slows In Minnesota, Focus Now On Recovery
Minnesota notched six straight days without a new case of bird flu on Thursday, and though state officials aren’t ready to say the outbreak is over, they’re beginning to stand down.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Four More Confirmed US Avian Flu Outbreaks
US - There have been four more outbreaks of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) confirmed in the US, as the epidemic continues.
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Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Hong Kong Bans Some Poultry Imports from South Dakota
HONG KONG - Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry meat and products from Moody County in South Dakota, US, after incidents of avian influenza there.
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United States - Bird Flu News Bye Bye Birdies: States Ban Poultry Competitions due to Bird Flu
As a precaution against the spread of bird flu, Pennsylvania and several other states have suspended avian competitions and exhibitions at local fairs. New York announced the decision Wednesday, which bans live exhibitions at 45 county fairs and six youth shows through October.
United States - Bird Flu News Hormel Expects Bird-Flu Outbreak to Hurt Second-Half Turkey Sales
Hormel Foods Corp. expects the avian influenza outbreak will crimp turkey sales in its fiscal second half and could have wider ramifications for the turkey industry, the company's top executive said Wednesday.
United States - Bird Flu News Midwest Farmers Rush To Dispose Of Chickens Killed To Contain Avian Flu
The USDA says 38 million chickens must be killed to stop the spread of one of the worst outbreaks of avian flu in North America. Northwest Iowa officials are scrambling to dispose of the dead birds.
United States - Bird Flu News Sunny side way up: Egg prices soar due to bird flu
The USDA lowered its 2015 projections for egg supplies last week, saying that the discovery of bird flu in Minnesota, Iowa and other Midwestern states will constrain egg production.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Two More US Avian Flu Outbreaks, Wisconsin Releases Quarantine
US - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) serotype H5N2 have been confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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United States - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Impact Minimal so Far on US Meat Markets
The avian influenza outbreak continues to grow and leads to more questions about the impact on livestock and meat markets. USDA-APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) reports the current toll is nearly 34 million birds depopulated. The majority of these are laying hens, followed by turkeys with relatively few broilers at this time. As a result, the biggest and most immediate impact for consumers is in egg markets, especially in the north central part of the country.
United States - Bird Flu News Sioux County Now Has Most Cases of Reported Avian Flu in State of Iowa
DES MOINES, IA- The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responding to four probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Buena Vista and Sioux counties. With the new announcements, Iowa now has 60 cases of the disease in the state. The Department has quarantined the premises and once the presence of the disease is confirmed, all birds on the property will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.
India - Bird Flu News New Avian Flu Outbreaks in India
INDIA - There have been two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 serotype in domestic birds in India.
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Taiwan - Bird Flu News More Outbreaks of Avian Flu in Taiwan
TAIWAN - There have been several further outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in Taiwan, of both the H5N8 and H5N2 serotypes.
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Global - Bird Flu News OIE Urges Greater Biosecurity to Prevent Further Avian Flu Spread
GLOBAL - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has recommended stronger farm biosecurity measures to curb the spread of avian influenza worldwide.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Minnesota Estimates Avian Flu Losses as Further US Outbreaks Confirmed
US - Five more outbreaks of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the University of Minnesota has estimated economic losses in the state at $310 million.
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United States - Bird Flu News Concerns grow over bird flu: economic, job losses in Iowa
US - Governor Terry Branstad said on Monday there is growing concern about economic and job losses that Iowa may incur due to ongoing problems associated with a bird flu outbreak that has hit the state’s poultry industry.
Turkey - Bird Flu News Further Avian Flu Found in Turkey
TURKEY - There has been a further outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Turkey.
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Viet Nam - Bird Flu News New Outbreak of H5N1 Avian Flu in Viet Nam
Viet Nam - There has been a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in Viet Nam.
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Monday, May 18, 2015
Egypt - Bird Flu News Egypt: Upsurge in H5N1 Human and Poultry Cases; No Change in Transmission Pattern
EGYPT - The recent increase in the number of people affected by the avian influenza virus H5N1 in Egypt is not related to virus mutations but rather to more people becoming exposed to infected poultry, according to a recent mission of six organizations assessing the H5N1 situation in the country.
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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
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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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