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Thursday, July 21, 2016
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Chickens Found with Genetic Resistance to Bird Flu
UK - New research carried out at The Pirbright Institute indicates that the genes of some chickens makes them almost resistant to bird flu.
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Vigilance Needed After Bird Flu Reports in Russian Wild Birds
UK - The UK's Animal & Plant Health Agency has warned poultry owners to maintain high biosecurity levels and remain vigilant against avian influenza after wild bird disease detections in Russia.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
France - Bird Flu News France Detects Avian Flu Outbreaks During Eradication Efforts
FRANCE - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been identified in France as part of increased monitoring efforts against the disease.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News New Way to Inactivate Avian Influenza Virus in Poultry Feed
US - A project begun in October 2015, after receiving emergency funding from USPOULTRY following the devastating impacts of avian influenza, has found a way to inactivate the virus in poultry feeds.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Vigilence Needed in Fight Against H5N1 Bird Flu in Africa
AFRICA - The outbreak in Cameroon has brought the number of Central and West African countries battling highly pathogenic avian influenza up to six, with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation calling for heightened surveillance and prevention efforts.
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Reports Two More Avian Flu Outbreaks
GHANA - Outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in the Central and Greater Accra regions of Ghana.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Low-Path Avian Flu Reported in Three US States
US - Low-pathogenic H5 avian influenza has been found in live-bird markets in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News Maryland Extends Bird Flu Emergency Orders
US - The Maryland Secretary of Agriculture has extended Emergency Orders to prevent highly pathogenic avian influenza from infecting Maryland poultry flocks, citing continued threats of an outbreak.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Canada - Bird Flu News Low-Path Bird Flu Outbreak Found in Canada
CANADA - An outbreak of avian flu confirmed in Canada is a low pathogenic subtype, according to test results from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Friday, July 08, 2016
Viet Nam - Bird Flu News Backyard Birds Killed in Latest Viet Nam Avian Flu Outbreak
VIET NAM - An outbreak of H5N6 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in Viet Nam's Quang Ngai province.
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Cameroon - Bird Flu News Further Bird Flu Reported in Cameroon
CAMEROON - Sixteen new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Cameroon, dating back to May and June.
Friday, July 01, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Found in Nigeria
NIGERIA - Another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been discovered in the Lagos area of Nigeria.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News New Bird Flu Outbreaks Found in Ghana
GHANA - Two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Ghana's Ashanti and Greater Accra regions.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News H5N2 Bird Flu Outbreaks Found in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Three outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza were found in Taichung City and Yunlin County.
Friday, June 24, 2016
China - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Outbreak Reported in China's Hunan Province
CHINA - An outbreak of H5N6 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found on a farm in Sangzhi, Hunan.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Mexico - Bird Flu News Mexico Highlights Importance of Avian Flu Eradication Strategy
MEXICO - The Mexican government is working with producers, veterinarians and other countries in the region to eradicate avian influenza from the country.
Russian Federation - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Cases Reported in Russian Wild Birds
RUSSIA - A number of wild birds have been destroyed in Russia after they were found to be carrying an H5 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Lebanon - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Outbreak Discovered in Lebanon
LEBANON - An outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Al Biqa province.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Netherlands - Bird Flu News Thousands of Birds Destroyed After Low Path Bird Flu Hits Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - An outbreak of H7N9 low pathogenic avian influenza has been found in Hiaure, Friesland region in the Netherlands.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Mexico - Bird Flu News Avian Flu - Ceva Reveals Plans to Develop New AI H7 Vaccine During Latest Summit in Mexico
MEXICO - At the latest in a series of scientific summits, Ceva gathered experts from around the world to share the latest findings on the global threat posed by Avian Influenza (AI).
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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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