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Thursday, December 01, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Still Causing Problems in West Africa
WEST AFRICA - Whilst outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been spreading through Europe, India and the Middle East in the past few weeks, West Africa has been struggling with the disease for a long time.
Global - Bird Flu News Wild Birds Found Dead from Bird Flu in More Countries
GLOBAL - The number of countries with confirmed outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza has expanding further, with Ukraine, Romania and Egypt all reporting outbreaks.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Japan - Bird Flu News Two Japanese Poultry Farms Find Bird Flu Outbreaks
JAPAN - One layer farm and one duck farm have been affected by outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Japan.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Outbreaks Hit Farms as France Finds First Case
GLOBAL - Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been escalating around Europe and beyond in the last few days.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Korea, South - Bird Flu News South Korea Culls Thousands of Ducks After Bird Flu Outbreaks
SOUTH KOREA - Fourteen outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have affected duck farms across South Korea.
Friday, November 25, 2016
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Poultry Keepers Urged to be Vigilant for Signs of Avian Influenza
WALES, UK - Poultry keepers are being urged to follow good biosecurity practices to minimise contact with wild birds and to be vigilant for signs of avian flu.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Continues to Spread through Europe
EUROPE - More outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found all over Europe in the past few days.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Found in Nigeria
NIGERIA - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Nigeria's Rivers area in the south of the country.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Outbreaks Reach Iran as Denmark Reports Backyard Cases
GLOBAL - Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported all over Europe in recent weeks, particularly in wild birds but also on some farms.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Countries Across Migration Pathways at Risk from Avian Flu
GLOBAL - The H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that is currently spreading around Europe was detected in wild birds in Tyva Republic in southern Russia two months ago, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Virus Spreads to Israeli Poultry Farm
GLOBAL - Multiple cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N8 have been found across Europe in recent days, and a new report suggests that wild birds migrating from Europe to Africa have spread the virus to Israeli poultry.
Monday, November 14, 2016
European Union - Bird Flu News European Avian Flu Spread Continues as Outbreak Hits Austrian Turkeys
EUROPE - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported on a farm in Austria, following detections of the disease in wild birds across Europe.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Croatia - Bird Flu News Croatia Reports Latest European Bird Flu Case
CROATIA - Ten mute swans have died from highly pathogenic avian influenza, strain H5N8, in Croatia.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Dutch Poultry Forced Indoors as Bird Flu Spreads Around Europe
NETHERLANDS - The Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Martijn van Dam, has ordered poultry companies to keep birds indoors due to the threat of avian influenza.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News UK Free Range Egg Producers Get More Help with Bird Flu Planning
UK - Every member of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association is being sent an avian influenza (AI) contingency planning workbook.
European Union - Bird Flu News Calls for Vigilance as New Bird Flu Outbreaks Mark Start of Season in EU
EU - The EU's Commission is calling for vigilance and stepping up of biosecurity measures on farms following recent detections of avian influenza, writes The Poultry Site's Editor Alice Mitchell.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Found in Nigerian Layers
NIGERIA - Another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Nigeria.
India - Bird Flu News India Reports Spread of Bird Flu to Farms
INDIA - Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been detected in Indian farms, following the recent outbreaks in waterfowl in the country.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Low Path Bird Flu Outbreak Found in Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - A new outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in the Netherlands.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Bhutan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Hits Backyard Poultry in Bhutan
BHUTAN - Highly pathogenic avian influenza has hit a backyard poultry farm in the South Asian country of Bhutan.
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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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