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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News Iran, Viet Nam Report More H5N1 Outbreaks
IRAN & VIET NAM - The highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus struck birds in Iran and Vietnam, as H5N8 outbreaks continue in Europe, including at a large poultry farm in Sweden, according to the latest notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Northwest China Province Reports 3 H7N9 Cases
CHINA - Northwest China's Gansu province has reported three H7N9 bird flu cases, the province's first human infections this year, authorities said Tuesday.
China Daily
China - Bird Flu News Expert Calls for Greater Efforts to Fight H7N9 Flu
CHINA - China has worked hard to prevent and control the spread of the H7N9 influenza virus, which this winter registered its largest outbreak since first being reported in China in 2013, but greater efforts are needed against the contagious disease, said Monique Eloit, director-general of the World Organization for Animal Health.
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Monday, April 24, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Jilin Reports First H7N9 Infection in 2017
CHINA - Northeast China's Jilin has reported the province's first human infection of the H7N9 strain of bird flu.
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China - Bird Flu News China's H7N9 Cases Spike, Led by Infections in Beijing
CHINA - After several weeks of declining H7N9 avian influenza activity, China's cases are rising again, partly related to a recent spurt of local infections in Beijing, an area that usually doesn't see many cases and is located north of the main hot spots.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Beijing Reports 10 H7N9 Cases This Year
CHINA - Beijing has reported 10 human H7N9 avian flu cases in 2017 so far, according to the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control on Tuesday.
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United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Removal of Requirement to House Birds in Higher Risk Areas from 13 April
UK - Defra has announced that all poultry in England are to be allowed outside from Thursday, 13 April, following updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
China - Bird Flu News More Details Emerge on H7N9 Cases in Tibet, Beijing
CHINA - Provincial and local officials recently shared more information about recent H7N9 avian flu cases in Tibet and Beijing, two locations far from the epicenter of recent cases.
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Iran - Bird Flu News Chicken Exports Decline Due to Bird Flu
IRAN - Close to 50,000 tons of chicken were exported from Iran in the last fiscal year (March 2016-17), down from 80,000 tons the previous year, registering a 37.5 per cent decline, the head of Broiler Breeders Union said.
Financial Tribune
Viet Nam - Bird Flu News Four Provinces in Viet Nam Infected with Bird Flu
VIET NAM - Four provinces in Viet Nam have reported six outbreaks of bird flu, according to the Department of Animal Health.
Viet Nam News
Monday, April 17, 2017
China - Bird Flu News H7N9 Cases Reported in Hebei, Tianjin and Henan Province
CHINA - The Chinese veterinary authorities have reported new H7N9 cases in North China's Hebei, Tianjin Municipality and Hunan Province.
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Viet Nam - Bird Flu News Saudi Arabia Temporarily Halts Viet Nam’s Live Poultry Imports
VIET NAM - Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has banned the import of livebirds, hatching eggs and chicks temporarily from Viet Nam due to the bird flu disease, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Viet Nam News
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Tibet Reports First H7N9 Case; Two Cases in Central China
CHINA - A human infection of H7N9 bird flu has been reported in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, the local health authority said Saturday.
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE Prohibits Live Birds, Untreated Poultry Products from Croatia
UAE - The UAE has prohibited the import of all kinds of live domestic and wild birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs and their thermally not treated wastes from the Republic of Croatia following the recent outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in that country.
Gulf News
Taiwan - Bird Flu News More Poultry Culled Amid Flu Outbreak in New Taipei City
TAIWAN - Two Yunlin County chicken farms and a New Taipei City poultry slaughterhouse have been confirmed as infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, resulting in thousands of chickens being culled, officials said.
Taipei Times
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News HK Poultry Sellers Call for Financial Help to Fight Bird Flu Threat
HONG KONG - Hong Kong poultry sellers have called for financial support from the government to introduce better facilities to separate consumers and live chickens in wet markets amid the threat of bird flu.
South China Morning Post
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Taiwan Reports New Bird Flu Cases
TAIWAN - Two poultry farms in Taiwan's Yunlin County, a major chicken supplier on the island, were confirmed to be infected with the H5N2 bird flu virus, leading to a culling of more than 30,000 birds, the local animal inspection authority said Tuesday.
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Singapore - Bird Flu News Vaccinating Free Range Chickens Not Effective in Managing Bird Flu Risk, Says Parliament
SINGAPORE - Vaccinating free-ranging chickens against bird flu would not be effective in managing the bird flu risk. This is because there are many strains of the virus, which is also known to mutate, Minister of State for National Development Koh Poh Koon told Parliament on Tuesday (4 April).
The Straits Times
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Chinese Govt Puts Avian Flu Under Spotlight
CHINA - The central government is urging local authorities to resist any outbreak of H7N9 avian flu by taking more effective measures to prevent the virus from spreading.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
United States - Bird Flu News Georgia Reacts to Bird Flu; Issues Temporary Suspensions on Poultry
US - Avian influenza has been confirmed in three states, two of which share borders with Georgia. As a precaution, Georgia State Veterinarian Robert Cobb has suspended all poultry exhibitions indefinitely.
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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.

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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