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Monday, February 01, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News USDA Clarifies Funding for Bird Flu Clean Up, Vaccination
US - The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued updates to its Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Fall Plan.
Friday, January 29, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza Not Affecting Indiana Grocery Prices
US - Avian influenza that led to the culling of 414,000 turkeys and chickens at southern Indiana commercial poultry farms is having little effect on prices of turkey and eggs at grocery stores, a Purdue University agricultural economist says.
United States - Bird Flu News New Recordkeeping Requirements for Indiana Poultry Purchases, Sales
US - Last October, in response to the highly pathogenic avian influenza findings throughout the Upper Midwest, Indiana adopted new recordkeeping requirements for Hoosier poultry owners buying and selling birds.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News More Avian Influenza Outbreaks Found in Nigeria
NIGERIA - A wave of new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu have been reported in Nigeria, as the country struggles to contain the disease.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Cote D'Ivoire - Bird Flu News Twelve More Bird Flu Outbreaks Found in Cote D'Ivoire
COTE D'IVOIRE - Southern Cote D'Ivoire has been hit by twelve more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Nigeria - Bird Flu News Nigeria Reports 11 New Avian Flu Outbreaks
NIGERIA - A further 11 outbreaks of Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been reported in central and northern Nigeria.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Outbreak Found on Indian State Poultry Farm
INDIA - Thousands of birds have died on a state poultry farm after an outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Monday, January 25, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Indiana Veterinarian Reminds Producers Avian Flu Event is Not Over
US - Although tests in the Dubois County avian influenza incident continue to prove negative, much more work must still be completed before this event can be considered over, according to Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM.
China - Bird Flu News Chinese Swan Farm Hit by Avian Flu
CHINA - A farm holding black swans and peacocks has suffered an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Indiana Bird Flu Response Covers Huge Area
US - Since an outbreak of H7N8 avian influenza was discovered last week in Dubois, Indiana, officials have visited hundreds of premises to test for further outbreaks.
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Taiwan Reports Seven New Bird Flu Outbreaks
TAIWAN - The latest bird flu outbreaks to be reported in Taiwan include one case in a wild bird.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News CME: How Will the Latest US Bird Flu Outbreaks Affect Trade?
US - There is a lot of interest about how this most recent bird flu outbreak progresses for at least a couple of reasons, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.
United States - Bird Flu News US, Mexico, Canada to Work Together on Tackling Avian Flu
GLOBAL - The US, Canada and Mexico and their respective poultry and egg industries have jointly announced that they are working to enhance collaboration on avian influenza.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News CME: US Bird Flu Return Could Affect Market Re-Openings
US - Bird flu is back - the highly pathogenic H7N8 Avian Influenza was found present in a number of commercial turkey flocks in Dubois County, Indiana, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana's Government Releases Funds to Tackle Bird Flu
GHANA - The Ghanaian government has created a fund of 11 million cedi (2.7 million USD) to help tackle avian influenza in the country.
Viet Nam - Bird Flu News Viet Nam Finds More Avian Flu Outbreaks
VIET NAM - Officials in Viet Nam have reported three more highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in the past week.
Monday, January 18, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Returns to US After Cases Found in Indiana Turkey Flocks
US - The presence of highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana has been confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
Friday, January 15, 2016
France - Bird Flu News France Reports Two More Bird Flu Outbreaks
FRANCE - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been announced in France, bring the total number of highly pathogenic outbreaks to 69.
Nigeria - Bird Flu News Nigeria Reports More Avian Influenza Outbreaks
NIGERIA - Seven more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been discovered in Nigeria.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Culling Under Way at Scottish Avian Flu Site
SCOTLAND, UK - Laboratory tests have confirmed a very mild strain of the H5N1 virus at the site of the Scottish avian influenza outbreak, and a humane cull of almost 40,000 birds has now begun.
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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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