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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, May 09, 2016
India - Bird Flu News India on Alert After Bird Flu Outbreak Reported
INDIA - Many birds have reportedly been culled after an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Karnataka state in India.
Italy - Bird Flu News Free Range Layers Hit by Bird Flu in Italy
ITALY - One outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu has been found in laying hens in Italy.
Friday, May 06, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Avian Flu in the US: High-Path, Low-Path and its Link to Other Poultry Diseases
GLOBAL - The most dangerous characteristic of avian influenza is its ability to mutate quickly from a low-pathogenic disease of the respiratory tract to a high-pathogenic disease with mortality rates up to 100%, explained David Swayne, DVM, PhD, research veterinarian with the USDA.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Low Pathogenic Avian Flu Found in Missouri Turkeys
US - An outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza has been detected on a commercial turkey farm in Missouri.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Indiana Now Free From Avian Flu
US - The last remaining quarantine associated with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases identified in Dubois County, Indiana has officially been lifted.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Iraq - Bird Flu News Iraq Reports Bird Flu Outbreaks
IRAQ - Six outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Iraq, which date back to December 2015.
Lebanon - Bird Flu News Illegal Animal Movement Suspected in Lebanon Bird Flu Outbreak
LEBANON - An outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Lebanon.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Reports First Bird Flu Outbreaks Since February
GHANA - Two outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Eastern and Western areas of southern Ghana.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Mexico - Bird Flu News Further Avian Flu Outbreaks Reported in Mexico
MEXICO - Six more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Mexico.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News More Avian Flu of Two Types Affecting Poultry Farms in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Three new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Taiwan.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
France - Bird Flu News Latest French Bird Flu Outbreak Affects New Region
FRANCE - A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported on a French guinea fowl farm.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Myanmar - Bird Flu News Myanmar Reports First Bird Flu Outbreak for a Year, Blamed on Poor Biosecurity
MYANMAR - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in Myanmar's Sagaing Division, Monya township.
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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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