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Thursday, August 25, 2016
United States - Bird Flu News US Poultry Export Potential Driven by Avian Flu
ANALYSIS - The risk of high-path avian influenza (HPAI) is expected to have a major impact on US poultry exports in the next few years, according to a report from Rabobank.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News African Poultry Wrap: Zambian Supplies Firm as West Africa Suffers Bird Flu Woes
AFRICA - Despite problems with weather patterns, rising imports and disease outbreaks, prices and supplies of poultry products in leading Southern African markets continue to firm up, while chicken production in West Africa could be affected by shortages of layer pullets in an industry hard hit by outbreaks of bird flu this year. Tawanda Korombo reports.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Peru - Bird Flu News Peru Extends Bird Flu Ban on French Poultry Products After Further Outbreaks
PERU - Peru's National Service of Agrarian Health (SENASA) has extended its suspension of imports of live poultry, hatching eggs and poultry products from certain areas of France, following the outbreaks of avian influenza there.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Ghana - Bird Flu News Bird Flu H5N1 Strain Continues to Spread in Ghana
GHANA - Three new outbreaks of H5N1 strain highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Ghana.
China - Bird Flu News China Struggles with Lower Broiler Breeding Stock after Flu Restrictions
CHINA - China is the second largest broiler meat consumer in the world, but production is forecast to drop by 5 per cent in calendar year 2016 due to China’s continued import restrictions on grandparent stock from major trading partners.
Monday, August 08, 2016
South Africa - Bird Flu News More Low Path Bird Flu in South African Ostriches
SOUTH AFRICA - Two more outbreaks of low pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.
Friday, August 05, 2016
Nigeria - Bird Flu News Mixed Birds Affected by Bird Flu Outbreak in Nigeria
NIGERIA - Nearly nine hundred birds of different poultry species have died in Oyo region of Nigeria after being infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Cote D'Ivoire - Bird Flu News Markets Hit by More Bird Flu in Cote D'Ivoire
COTE D'IVOIRE - Ten new outbreaks of H5N1 strain highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Cote D'Ivoire.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Denmark - Bird Flu News Low Path Bird Flu Found in Denmark
DENMARK - An outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza was discovered in Denmark last week.
Monday, August 01, 2016
France - Bird Flu News More Avian Flu Found in France
FRANCE - Another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu has been found in France.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Iraq - Bird Flu News Iraq's Avian Flu Outbreaks Killing Millions of Birds
IRAQ - Outbreaks of a H5 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus spread on farms in central Iraq in June and July.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Kills Poultry in Three Areas of Taiwan
TAIWAN - Three new outbreaks of H5N8 strain highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Taiwan.
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.
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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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