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Monday, July 06, 2015
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Netherlands Avian Flu Resulted from Four Separate Introductions
NETHERLANDS - The outbreaks of avian flu in the Netherlands in 2014 were caused by four separate introductions and one between-poultry transmission, according to new research published in Eurosurveillance.
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Friday, July 03, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News US Steps Up Wild Bird Monitoring for Avian Flu
US - The US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) has published updated plans for surveillance of avian influenza in wild birds, which provide for an increase in sampling.
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News How Can US Poultry Producers Protect Flocks from Avian Flu Threat?
US - Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) serotype H5N2 appear to be slowing in the US, but the potential for new outbreaks as migrating birds move south in autumn is high, reports Eric Gingerich, DVM (Technical Specialist in Poultry, Diamond V).
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Another Outbreak of Avian Flu in Ghana
GHANA - There has been one new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Ghana.
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Monday, June 29, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Iowa Landfill Stops Taking Dead Birds Affected by Bird Flu
A southwestern Iowa landfill has stopped accepting dead birds and related waste from the recent bird flu outbreak.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Iowa poultry operation hit by bird flu sued by foods company
A lawsuit has been filed against a poultry operation in northwest Iowa that was hit by avian influenza. Michael Foods Egg Products Company, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based cereal maker Post Holdings Inc., filed the lawsuit in federal court in Des Moines on Monday.
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghanaian Media Asked to Spread Awareness of Avian Flu
GHANA - Ghana's Northern Regional Veterinary Officer has called on the media to help create public awareness on the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in certain sections of the country.
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United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Global Alliance Conference to Bring Together Avian Disease Researchers
UK - The Global Alliance for Research on Avian Disease (GARAD) conference will be held between 29 June and 1 July, creating global partnerships to bring together the academic community and poultry industry.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Nigeria - Bird Flu News 30 New Avian Flu Outbreaks Reported in Nigeria
NIGERIA - There have been 30 new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Nigeria.
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Global - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Threatens West Africa Poultry Farmers – Analysis
Naba Guigma, from Burkina Faso’s Boulkiemdé province, southwest of the capital Ouagadougou, watched helplessly as his chickens and guinea fowl began to die off one by one. His very livelihood – like that of the millions of other poultry farmers across West Africa – faces ruin.
United States - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza Update for Backyard Bird Owners, Commercial Poultry Farmers
Sacramento, California - Parts of the Midwest are dealing with a serious and ongoing outbreak of avian influenza, so California is taking extra steps to protect birds here.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Israel - Bird Flu News Further Avian Flu Reported in Israel
ISRAEL - There has been another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Israel.
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China - Bird Flu News Novel Avian Flu Virus Discovered in China
CHINA - Chinese researchers who analysed influenza viruses from poultry in live-bird markets say they have discovered a novel H5N9 virus, which is a hybrid of various other avian influenza viruses.
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United States - Bird Flu News Willmar lab playing role as poultry industry looks for answers to avian flu
WILLMAR — The biggest lesson from the outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in Minnesota is that this virus has behaved differently than anything dealt with previously, according to veterinarian Trevor Ames, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
Monday, June 22, 2015
China - Bird Flu News New Avian Flu Outbreaks Reported in China
CHINA - Two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in China.
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Friday, June 19, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Five More Avian Flu Outbreaks Found in Ghana
GHANA - Five new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been confirmed in Ghana.
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Taiwan - Bird Flu News Two New Avian Flu Outbreaks in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N2 have been confirmed in Taiwan.
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United States - Bird Flu News Massachusetts gets ready for the flu
Officials predict avian influenza will hit the East Coast as early as this fall
Thursday, June 18, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News USDA Confirms New Avian Flu Outbreak in Iowa
US - One new case of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in the US, ending an eight-day hiatus of new detections.
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Singapore - Bird Flu News Disease-Detecting Poultry Biochip Launched in Singapore
SINGAPORE - A poultry 'biochip' has been launched when can detect nine major poultry disease using a single sample applied to the portable, disposable chip.
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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
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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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