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Friday, June 23, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News OIE Reports H5N8 Outbreak in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA - The South African veterinary authorities have report an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at a commercial broiler breeder farm in Mpumalanga.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Zambia - Bird Flu News Zambia Reactivates Avian Influenza National Response Committee
ZAMBIA - The government of the Republic of Zambia has issued a notice restricting imports of live chicken and chicken products from Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo due to the resurgence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Tainan Culls Chickens Amid Avian Flu Threat
TAIWAN - A poultry farm in Tainan's Xiaying District was confirmed on Sunday to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 34,072 birds, the city's Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office said.
Focus Taiwan
Monday, June 19, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Poultry Vaccine to be Tested
CHINA - Poultry in two southern regions will begin receiving the first vaccine against the H7N9 bird flu virus early next month, as authorities look to control the spread of the potentially fatal disease.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
China - Bird Flu News 'Pandemic' Possible with H7N9 Virus, Study Finds
CHINA - A study published by a prestigious international medical journal has warned that mutations in the bird flu H7N9 virus could lead to a "pandemic" that could cause sickness and death around the world.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Increase Reported in H7N9 Avian Flu Cases in China
CHINA - In its weekly report, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) last week confirmed 12 H7N9 avian flu cases reported from China's mainland from 2 June through 8 June.
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Korea, South - Bird Flu News Live Poultry Exchanges Banned for Two Weeks
SOUTH KOREA - The government is banning the distribution of all live poultry for the next two weeks in the hopes of preventing the avian flu outbreak, which has already affected 15 farms nationwide, from spreading further.
Korea Joongang Daily
Friday, June 09, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News SA Bans Poultry, Egg Imports from Zimbabwe
SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has halted poultry imports from Zimbabwe after a recent outbreak of highly contagious avian influenza at a farm in the neighbouring country, the government said Thursday.
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Three More Suspected Cases of Avian Influenza Reported
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said Wednesday that three more poultry farms have reported suspected cases of avian influenza. The farms -- one in Gunsan and two in Iksan -- are all located in North Jeolla Province.
The Chosunilbo
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Analysis of H7N9 in China Finds Age, Geographic Shifts
CHINA - A detailed epidemiologic analysis of illnesses in China's fifth and biggest wave of H7N9 avian influenza activity, still under way, found a few shifts in the epidemiologic pattern, with middle-age adults more likely to be infected and the reach of the disease extending from urban to more rural areas.
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China - Bird Flu News Wenjiang Promotes Frozen Chicken to Combat H7N9 Exposure
CHINA - With the spread of the H7N9 influenza virus, supermarkets in Wenjiang have stopped slaughtering live poultry onsite and suspended any trade of live poultry.
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Monday, June 05, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Govt Bans Live Poultry Sales After Bird Flu Cases
SOUTH KOREA - The Korean government has prohibited all sales of live poultry in the country starting today and raised the bird flu warning level from second to third in its four-tier system after a strain of avian influenza was found in the provinces of Jeju and North Jeolla.
Korea Joongang Daily
China - Bird Flu News China H7N9 Total Grows by Eight; Studies Detail Virus Mutations
CHINA - Reflecting continued slow decline of H7N9 avian flu cases in China, eight new illnesses were reported this week, as research teams from the country published new studies that provide an early glimpse of the epidemiology and clinical features of the highly pathogenic variant that recently emerged in poultry and is also infecting people.
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Thursday, June 01, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Flu Outbreak Kills Over 20,000 Chickens in China
CHINA - More than 20,000 chickens died from an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, the local government said on Wednesday.
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Congo - Bird Flu News DRC Reports First High-path H5 Avian Flu Outbreaks
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recently reported its first highly pathogenic H5 avian flu outbreaks, suspected to be the H5N8 subtype, as Italy reported another H5N8 outbreak in poultry, China announced a large H7N9 outbreak at a commercial farm, and the Netherlands reported H5N5 in wild birds.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News HK Bans Imports of Congolese Poultry Meat, Products
HONG KONG - The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today that in view of a notification from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of high pathogenic H5 avian influenza in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the country with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
China - Bird Flu News H7N9 Cases Ebb in China as CDC Creates Vaccine Virus
CHINA - The number of new H7N9 avian flu cases in China declined again last week, which if sustained would fit the pattern of a lull over the summer months.
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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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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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