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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News HPAI Outbreaks Reported in Egypt, Russia
EGYPT & RUSSIA - In the latest avian influenza developments, Egypt reported six more highly pathogenic H5N8 outbreaks, mostly involving backyard poultry, and Russia reported two more outbreaks involving the strain, according to notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
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Congo - Bird Flu News Thousands of Chickens, Ducks Die as Bird Flu Hits DRC
CONGO - A bird flu outbreak in eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo killed thousands of chicken and ducks.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Hits Taipei Poultry Market
TAIWAN - A poultry market in Taipei was to be the source of an outbreak of the H5 subtype of avian influenza virus, the city's animal protection office said Monday.
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Monday, May 08, 2017
China - Bird Flu News China Reports 24 More H7N9 Avian Flu Cases, 9 Fatal
CHINA - China continues to see a steady pace of new H7N9 avian flu infections late into the season, with 24 cases reported over the past week, including at least one from a province that had never reported one before.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, May 05, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Found in Chickens in Lancashire Farm
UK - Restrictions have been put in place around a Thornton-Cleveleys farm after bird flu was detected.
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Thursday, May 04, 2017
China - Bird Flu News New H7N9 Case Reported in NW China
CHINA - A 62-year-old man died from the H7N9 virus infection in Northwest China's Shaanxi province, local health authorities said Wednesday.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
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.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
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.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
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
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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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