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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Mexico - Bird Flu News Mexico's Ban on Arkansas Poultry Products Lifted
US - Mexico has lifted its ban on poultry from the US state of Arkansas, which was imposed during the spring 2015 highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks.
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Friday, April 15, 2016
Mexico - Bird Flu News Record Poultry Production Forecast in Mexico Despite Flu Concerns
MEXICO - Commercial production is forecast at a record 3.3 million tons in 2016, as relatively low and stable feed prices have enticed producers to spur production, according to a recent report from the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News More Avian Flu Found in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Four new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been discovered in Taiwan.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Viet Nam - Bird Flu News  New Bird Flu Outbreak Reported in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - A new outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in Nghe An province in Viet Nam.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Mexico - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Outbreaks Discovered in Mexico
MEXICO - Nineteen outbreaks of H7N3 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been discovered in Mexico.
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Thursday, April 07, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Alaska a Key Location for Bird Flu Transfer to North America
US - The US Geological Survey has released additional evidence that western Alaska remains a hot spot for avian influenza to enter North America.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Spread Continues in Nigeria with Three New Outbreaks
NIGERIA - Three new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Plateau province in Nigeria.
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Monday, April 04, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Found in Nigeria
NIGERIA - Four more outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Nigeria.
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United States - Bird Flu News Feed Mill Seminar Emphasises Importance of Avian Flu Prevention
US - Approximately 200 mill managers and allied suppliers attended USPOULTRY's 2016 Feed Mill Management Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee recently.
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Friday, April 01, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News Further Outbreak of Bird Flu Reported in Nigeria
NIGERIA - Another outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in Nigeria.
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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Breeding Ducks Hit by Latest South Korean Bird Flu Outbreak
SOUTH KOREA - An outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been discovered in South Korea.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Zoetis Receives Conditional License from USDA for Avian Influenza Vaccine, H5N1 Subtype, Killed Virus
US - Zoetis Inc. today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the company a conditional license for Avian Influenza Vaccine, H5N1 Subtype, Killed Virus*. The vaccine is intended for use in chickens as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by avian influenza H5N1.
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France - Bird Flu News France Organises Compensation for Bird Flu-Hit Farmers
FRANCE - France's Agriculture Minister, St├ęphane Le Foll, announced over the weekend the compensation arrangements for producers affected by the recent outbreaks of avian influenza.
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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
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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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