converting website visitors - news, features, articles and disease information for the poultry industry

Latest Avian / Bird Flu News
Friday, October 05, 2018
Bulgaria - Bird Flu News Bird flu detected at poultry farm in southern Bulgaria
BULGARIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria has reported an outbreak of bird flu virus on a farm in the southern district of Plovdiv, the national food safety agency said on Friday
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Ghana - Bird Flu News Bird flu outbreak in Ghana: Veterinary Services imposes ban on movement of poultry products
GHANA - Avian influenza outbreak in Ghana, 5,000 birds culled, ban imposed by Veterinary Services Department on movement of poultry products
Friday, June 15, 2018
Ireland - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza confirmed in wild greylag goose in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs today confirmed that a wild greylag goose, found in Lurgan Park, Co Armagh, has tested positive for H5N6 Avian Influenza
Friday, March 16, 2018
United States - Bird Flu News H7N1 strain found in Texas
The H7N1 strain of the avian flu virus has been found at a poultry farm in Hopkins County, Texas.
Asian Agribiz
Friday, January 19, 2018
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News APHA: Bird flu detected in wild birds in Warwickshire
Highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu has been detected in wild birds in Warwickshire
Thursday, January 18, 2018
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News BVA and BVPA respond to new bird flu prevention zone announcement
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today (18 January) declared a bird flu prevention zone across the whole of England, requiring all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.
Monday, January 15, 2018
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News BVA and BVP respond to confirmation of Avian Influenza in wild birds in Dorset
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on 12 January confirmed that Avian Influenza of the H5N6 strain has been detected in 17 wild birds in Dorset.
Friday, January 12, 2018
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News APHA: Bird Flu detected in wild birds in Dorset
Highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu has been detected in wild birds in Dorset.
Monday, January 08, 2018
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Two More H5N6 Bird Flu Outbreaks in Gyeonggi, South Jeolla Provinces
SOUTH KOREA - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has reported two further outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu in farms located in the provinces of Gyeonggi and South Jeolla.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Iran - Bird Flu News 100 Million Chickens Infected With Avian Flu
IRAN - Some 100 million egg-laying hens have been infected with the deadly avian flu in Iran and so far 1.20 trillion rials ($27.75 million) have been paid to chicken farmers over their losses, the deputy head at the Agricultural Crops Insurance Fund said.
Financial Tribune
India - Bird Flu News 942 Chickens Culled in Bengaluru
Hundreds of infected chickens have been culled by the animal husbandry department in Dasarahalli and Yelahanka zone to contain the deadly bird flu.
Deccan Herald
Friday, January 05, 2018
India - Bird Flu News Suspected Bird Flu Sees BBMP Cull 50 Chickens
INDIA - With eight chickens dying due to suspected H5N1 virus infection on December 29 at a retail outlet at Bhuvaneshwari Nagar in Dasarahalli, the state health and family welfare department on Wednesday began awareness campaigns to put in place preventive measures. They chickens were supplied from Tamil Nadu on December 28.
The Times of India
India - Bird Flu News Chicken, Egg Sales Dip Due to Bird Flu Scare
INDIA - The bird flu scare that's gripping the city following the death of eight chickens due to avian flu has affected sale of chicken meat. Over the last three days, the city has seen a 20-25% dip in sales of chicken meat and eggs, said Dr B G Puttanna, head of the technical committee in Karnataka Poultry Framers' and Breeders' Association (KPFBA).
The Times of India
Thursday, January 04, 2018
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Netherlands Chicken, Egg Imports Latest to be Banned by UAE
UAE - The UAE has banned the import of chicken and eggs from the Netherlands following an alert from the World Organisation for Animal Health on a highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain.
The National
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Saudi Arabia Bans Transport of Live Poultry
SAUDI ARABIA - Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have banned the transfer of live birds inside the country, after a fresh outbreak of bird flu in the kingdom on Saturday, the official Saudi news agency SPA said.
Arabian Business
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Korea, South - Bird Flu News High-path H5N6 Bird Flu Detected at South Jeolla Province Poultry Farms
SOUTH KOREA - Dr Oh Soon-Min, Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Animal Health Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza at two farms located in South Jeolla Province.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News OIE Reports Three More HPAI Outbreaks in Riyadh
SAUDI ARABIA - Dr Ali Al Doweriej, Director General of Veterinary Health and Monitoring Department, has reported three further outbreaks of high-path H5N8 bird flu, all in Riyadh.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
India - Bird Flu News Bengaluru: Dead Chicken Tests Positive for Bird Flu
INDIA - One case of H5N1 Avian Influenza (bird flu) was detected in chicken at a poultry shop in Dasarahalli on Kempapura Main Road. The shop has been shut since December 30. Poultry shops in a 1-km radius of that shop too have been shut down by the health department.
The New Indian Express
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Imports Blocked Following Bird Flu Outbreak in Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has blocked all poultry imports from Saudi Arabia following an outbreak of bird flu in its capital Riyadh, reports Chris McCullough.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Iran - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Epidemic Forces Cull of 17m Chickens
IRAN - Around 17 million chickens have been culled in Iran so far, due to the recent outbreak of aviation flu, the chairman of the board of directors at Tehran’s Union of Producers of Egg-Laying Chicken said.
Financial Tribune
Next 20
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

Useful Links

Our Sponsors


Seasonal Picks

Animal Welfare Science, Husbandry and Ethics: The Evolving Story of Our Relationship with Farm Animals