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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
 - Bird Flu News Implications of Suspected Avian Flu in Kerala
INDIA - Karnataka is on high alert following outbreak of bird flu (avian influenza) in the neighbouring Kerala.
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 - Bird Flu News Dutch Establish Poultry Transport Corridor for Bird Flu Biosecurity
THE NETHERLANDS - As the fourth poultry farm has been confirmed with the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus, the Dutch agriculture secretary has set up a 'safety corridor' to transport chickens from South Netherlands (Zuid-Nederland).
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United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Increased Biosecurity on Welsh Poultry Farms
WALES, UK - Welsh poultry owners are being urged to follow good biosecurity practice to minimise the risk of their flocks coming into contact with wild birds following the recent outbreak of avian influenza on a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire.
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 - Bird Flu News Two Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Confirmed in Kerala
INDIA - Two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu have been confirmed in domestic poultry in the Indian state of Kerala, affecting more than 240,000 ducks. The virus is an H5 variant.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
 - Bird Flu News FAO, OIE Warn of Avian Influenza’s Rapid Spread
GLOBAL - FAO and OIE are urging at-risk countries to step-up prevention efforts through increased biosecurity as they warn the new avian influenza virus's spread to Europe threatens the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries.
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United Kingdom - Bird Flu News UK Government Updates Guidance on Bird Flu Biosecurity
UK - Following the outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Yorkshire last week, the agriculture department has updated its advice on biosecurity, particularly regarding contact with wild birds.
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 - Bird Flu News Japan Confirms H5N8 Bird Flu Virus as Highly Pathogenic
JAPAN - A report to OIE indicates no new outbreaks of avian flu.
It also confirms that the two faecal samples from wild birds that were positive for H5N8 influenza A virus carried the highly pathogenic form of the virus although no clinical cases were observed.
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
Monday, November 24, 2014
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Advice to All Poultry Owners in Bird Flu Control Zones
UK - The National Farmers Union offers important guidance for farmers in the avian influenza zone regarding biosecurity and poultry movements.
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 - Bird Flu News Switzerland Bans Imports of Dutch, British Poultry
SWITZERLAND - Following outbreaks of avian flu in the Netherlands and the UK, the Swiss authorities have banned imports of poultry from the affected areas of those countries.
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 - Bird Flu News Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Flu Virus Hits Third Dutch Poultry Farm
THE NETHERLANDS - A new outbreak of avian flu occurred at a farm of breeding poultry at Kamperveen in Overijssel on 21 November. Around 500 of the 10,000-bird flock died; the rest have been destroyed.
A 10-km surveillance zone has been established around the outbreak. It covers 26 other premises, all of which will be screened.
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
Sunday, November 23, 2014
 - Bird Flu News H5N8 Bird Flu Virus Detected in German Wild Bird
GERMANY - The H5N8 avian influenza virus has been detected in a wild bird in Europe for the first time. It was found in north-east Germany, in the same state as the earlier outbreak in poultry but more than 50km away from the farm.
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 - Bird Flu News Poultry Farmers in Belgium Ordered to Confine Birds
BELGIUM - Poultry farmers have been called on to confine their birds after the third outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza was announced in neighbouring the Netherlands.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
 - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Spreads in Dutch Poultry
THE NETHERLANDS - Two further outbreaks of avian influenza have been reported in Dutch poultry in new provinces across the country and two further poultry flocks have been culled as a precaution against further spread of the virus. The government has reinstated a nationwide ban on all poultry movements.
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 - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Detected in Wild Duck in Japan
JAPAN - The H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus has been detected in samples from wild ducks on Honshu.
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Friday, November 21, 2014
 - Bird Flu News Mass Culling of Birds in EU Following Bird Flu Outbreak
EU - Following the recent detection of bird flu at a poultry farm in the Netherlands, another case at a duck breeding farm in the UK, as well as a scare in Germany earlier this November, it is clear that avian influenza is not just a thing of the past, according to an animal welfare organisation.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
 - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Update: Movement Ban in Yorkshire Bites, Ukraine Bans Poultry Meat Imports
UK, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY - In the UK, the culling of birds at the outbreak farm in Yorkshire has been completed, while the control measures are causing difficulties for nearby free-range egg farmers. Ukraine has banned poultry imports from the three EU countries that have reported outbreaks.
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 - Bird Flu News Questions and Answers on Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian Influenza
GLOBAL - A summary of current knowledge on the H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
 - Bird Flu News Poultry Farmers in UK Must Remain Vigilant after Bird Flu Outbreaks
UK - Poultry producers have been urged to remain vigilant following a case of avian influenza discovered at a duck farm in Yorkshire, the National Farmers Union (NFU) said.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
 - Bird Flu News Europe Responds to Bird Flu Outbreaks
EU - Emergency measures to combat bird flu have come into force in countries already reporting outbreaks - the Netherlands and the UK - and surveillance is raised in France. The virus in the UK has been confirmed as H5N8 and culling has begun on the affected farm. The nationwide poultry transport ban has been lifted in the Netherlands.
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 - Bird Flu News Human Infection with Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus – China - Update 18 November 2014
CHINA - On 15 November 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of three additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus, including one death.
Details of the cases are as follows: a 54-year-old woman from Shihezi City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (died); a 58-year-old woman from Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province (critical condition) and a 45-year-old woman from Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province (mild condition).
Patients 2 and 3 are known to have been exposed to poultry at markets; exposure is unknown for the first patient.
World Health Organization
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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
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.

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