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Friday, July 31, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Biosecurity Key to Preventing Avian Flu, Conference Reminds Managers
US - Biosecurity programmes are key to prevention of avian flu, attendees were reminded at USPOULTRY’s 2015 Hatchery-Breeder Clinic held in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Nigeria - Bird Flu News More Avian Flu Outbreaks Found in Nigeria
NIGERIA - Four more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Nigeria.
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Korea, South - Bird Flu News South Korea Reports New Bird Flu Outbreaks
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has reported many outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, dating back to September 2014.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Further Avian Flu Outbreaks Affecting Taiwan
TAIWAN - There have been more outbreaks of both highly pathogenic and low pathogenic avian influenza in Taiwan.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News New Avian Flu Outbreak in Germany
GERMANY - There has been a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu in Niedersachsen in the west of Germany.
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Monday, July 27, 2015
Viet Nam - Bird Flu News Further Avian Flu Outbreaks in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - There have been further outbreaks of H5N1 and H5N6 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Viet Nam.
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United States - Bird Flu News Minnesota poultry industry slowly coming back from bird flu losses
Minnesota’s poultry industry is creeping back from the devastating bird flu epidemic that killed 9 million birds.
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United States - Bird Flu News Poultry Industry, Government Meet In Iowa On Bird Flu
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A bird flu that resulted in the deaths of 48 million chickens and turkeys has finally waned, but industry officials and government researchers will gather this week in Des Moines to discuss next steps if the virus returns this fall or next spring.
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Friday, July 24, 2015
China - Bird Flu News Hundreds of Wild Birds Dead from Avian Flu in China
CHINA - Hundreds of wild birds have died as a result of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in China.
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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Further Avian Flu Reported in Ghana
GHANA - There have been two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu in Ghana.
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Canada - Bird Flu News Canada Lifts Some Avian Flu Control Zones
CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has removed the quarantines on the first Avian Influenza Control Zone.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Australia - Bird Flu News Lack of Knowledge on Animal Diseases Leaves Humans at Risk
AUSTRALIA - Researchers from the University of Sydney have found a huge gap in knowledge about diseases which could spread to humans.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Fears Grow Over West African Avian Flu Outbreaks
AFRICA - Fears are growing that without timely intervention to stem outbreaks of avian flu across West Africa, further spread across the region and beyond is inevitable, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.
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Taiwan - Bird Flu News Two More Avian Flu Outbreaks in Taiwan
TAIWAN - There have been two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Taiwan.
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China - Bird Flu News Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
On 16 July 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 5 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including 3 deaths.
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Monday, July 20, 2015
Nigeria - Bird Flu News Nigeria Faces Three More Avian Flu Outbreaks
NIGERIA - There have been three more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Nigeria.
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Friday, July 17, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News CME: Bird Flu a Wild Card for US Chicken, Pork Markets
US - While much of the focus in the pork market has been on slaughter levels, weights and fall supplies, we think market participants would do well to also keep an eye on the broiler market.
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Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Hit by More Avian Flu Outbreaks
GHANA - There have been two more outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the Greater Accra region of Ghana.
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Ghana - Bird Flu News Accra Live Bird Market Still Trading Despite Avian Flu Ban
GHANA - Poultry vendors in the Central Business District of Accra, especially at the Makola market, are reportedly defying a ban on the sale and movement of live birds to prevent the spread of the avian influenza.
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Welsh Government Encourages Caution After Bird Flu Outbreak
WALES, UK - Welsh poultry owners have been urged to be vigilant for signs of avian influenza following the outbreak in England.
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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
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:
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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