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Monday, June 20, 2016
Lebanon - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Outbreak Discovered in Lebanon
LEBANON - An outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Al Biqa province.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Thousands of Birds Destroyed After Low Path Bird Flu Hits Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - An outbreak of H7N9 low pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Hiaure, Friesland region in the Netherlands.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Mexico - Bird Flu News Avian Flu - Ceva Reveals Plans to Develop New AI H7 Vaccine During Latest Summit in Mexico
MEXICO - At the latest in a series of scientific summits, Ceva gathered experts from around the world to share the latest findings on the global threat posed by Avian Influenza (AI).
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Monday, June 13, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News More Layers Dead in Nigerian Bird Flu Outbreak
NIGERIA - Another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory.
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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News Nigeria Bird Flu Outbreaks Continue to Kill Thousands of Layers
NIGERIA - A new outbreak of Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported on Nigerian layer farms.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Niger - Bird Flu News 86,000 Layers Killed in Niger Bird Flu Outbreak
NIGER - A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported on a layer farm in Niger.
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Mexico - Bird Flu News Further Bird Flu Reported in Jalisco Poultry
MEXICO - A new outbreak of Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been reported in Mexico.
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Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Hong Kong Suspends Live Poultry Trade After H7N9 Bird Flu Finding
HONG KONG - The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government has decided to suspend live poultry trade after H7N9 bird flu was detected by spot check at a local street market.
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Monday, June 06, 2016
France - Bird Flu News Another Low Path Bird Flu Outbreak Found in France
FRANCE - An outbreak of H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza was found on a farm in Coudures, Landes department, last week.
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Friday, June 03, 2016
Cameroon - Bird Flu News Cameroon Bird Flu Outbreak Restrictions Affecting Farm Businesses
CAMEROON - Live birds are reportedly stockpiling on Cameroon's border after an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza made Equatorial Guinea and Gabon ban poultry from there.
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News New York State Lifts Avian Flu Ban on Poultry Fair Exhibits
US - New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball has announced the end of the ban on all live fowl competitions and exhibits at the Great New York State Fair and at all county fairs in New York.
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Friday, May 27, 2016
Cameroon - Bird Flu News Cameroon Reports Avian Flu Outbreak
CAMEROON - Fifteen thousand birds have died in an outbreak of avian influenza in Yaounde, the capital city of Cameroon.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News New Central American Plan to Eradicate Low-Path H5N2 Bird Flu
CENTRAL AMERICA - Central American agriculture ministers and poultry organisations met in San Salvador at the headquarters for the International Regional Organisation for Agricultural Health (OIRSA) last week and developed a plan to eradicate low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza from the region.
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Monday, May 23, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Rapid Bird Flu Response Teams in Place in India's Karnataka Region
INDIA - Fifty rapid response teams have been formed in the Indian region where highly pathogenic avian influenza was found recently.
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Friday, May 20, 2016
Cambodia - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Reported in Cambodia
CAMBODIA - There has been an outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in backyard chickens and ducks in Cambodia.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Italy - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Reported in Italy
ITALY - Another outbreak of H7N7 highly pathogenic avian flu has been found in Italy.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Reports Four New Bird Flu Outbreaks
GHANA - Two outbreaks were reported in Greater Accra, and one each in Eastern and Central regions.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
India - Bird Flu News More Details Revealed of Indian Bird Flu Outbreak
INDIA - The latest outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in India resulted in the deaths of over 30,000 birds, the country's report to the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) says.
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Monday, May 16, 2016
France - Bird Flu News French Ag Minister Meets Farmers Affected by Bird Flu
FRANCE - French agriculture minister St├ęphane Le Foll was out on Friday visiting waterfowl farms affected by bird flu in the Gers and Landes departments.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Three New Avian Flu Outbreaks Reported in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Two outbreaks of H5N8 and one outbreak of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Taiwan.
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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.

Diagnosis
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:
Biosecurity

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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