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Thursday, November 26, 2015
France - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Found on French Backyard Holding
FRANCE - A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in France following abnormal mortality at a backyard poultry holding.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News US Turkey in Cold Storage Still Down after Avian Flu
US - USDA-NASS released numbers yesterday, and all protein categories except turkey showed cold storage volumes above year ago levels as of October 31st, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Low Path Avian Flu Outbreaks Found in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Five new outbreaks of low pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Taiwan.
Nigeria - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Found in Nigeria's Rivers Area
NIGERIA - Another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in the Rivers area of southern Nigeria.
Monday, November 23, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza US Outlook for 2016
ANALYSIS - RNA virus' mutate very rapidly, but Harrisvaccines does not have to guess which strain is going to affect the industry next thanks to their unique rapid response technology.
United States - Bird Flu News USDA Issues Second Call to Stock Up on Bird Flu Vaccines
US - The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a second request for proposals from vaccine manufacturers to supply avian influenza vaccines for an emergency stockpile.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News Dead Robin Tests Positive for H5 Bird Flu Virus in Hong Kong
HONG KONG - Preliminary testing of an Oriental magpie robin (pictured above) found in Kwai Chung has returned a positive result for the H5 avian influenza virus, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) has said.
Viet Nam - Bird Flu News More Avian Flu Reported in Viet Nam
VIET NAM - One outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in the north and one in the south of Viet Nam.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Korea, South - Bird Flu News H5N8 Avian Flu Spreads in South Korean Poultry
SOUTH KOREA - Twelve outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza serotype H5N8 have been reported this week in South Korea.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Cambodia - Bird Flu News Cambodian Ducks Hit by Bird Flu Outbreaks
Cambodian Ducks Hit by Bird Flu Outbreaks
Nigeria - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Reported in Northern and Southern Nigeria
NIGERIA - There have been four more outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Nigeria.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Harrisvaccines' Rapid Response Leads to Avian Influenza Contract
ANALYSIS - Harrisvaccines was recently awarded a US government stockpile contract to produce 48 million doses of avian influenza vaccine, utilising their unique rapid response SirraVax platform technology.
South Africa - Bird Flu News US, South Africa Sign Poultry Veterinary Agreement
SOUTH AFRICA - A trade protocol for poultry meat and day-old-chicks has been signed by South African and US Veterinarians, the South African trade authorities have announced.
Viet Nam - Bird Flu News More Avian Flu in Vietnamese Backyard Poultry
VIET NAM - There has been another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Ca Mau province of Viet Nam.
Friday, November 13, 2015
South Africa - Bird Flu News More Low-Path Avian Flu in South African Ostriches
SOUTH AFRICA - A H7 serotype of low pathogenic avian influenza has infected 12 ostriches on a commercial ostrich farm.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
United States - Bird Flu News Thanksgiving Turkey Price Hikes Higher due to Avian Flu
US - While turkey prices for Thanksgiving are expected to be as much as 20 per cent higher than last year, prices for the rest of the holiday dinner will be below normal, according to a Purdue University expert.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Ghana - Bird Flu News Ghana Hands Out Compensation to Farmers Hit by Bird Flu
GHANA - Twenty-five poultry farmers received compensation on Friday for losses resulting from the recent avian flu outbreaks.
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News First Avian Flu Roadshow Warns Producers of Clean-Up Costs
SCOTLAND, UK - The first of ten Avian Influenza (AI) roadshows has been held in Perth, Scotland, run by the UK Poultry Health and Welfare Group (PHWG).
United States - Bird Flu News All Quarantines Lifted on Iowa Farms Affected by Bird Flu
US - All of the 72 commercial Iowa poultry farms that had a confirmed case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have had the quarantines on their facilities lifted.
Monday, November 09, 2015
Germany - Bird Flu News International Egg Commission Talks Avian Flu and Biosecurity
GERMANY - Avian influenza (AI) was an important topic of discussion at this year’s International Egg Commission Global Leadership Conference in Berlin, where some of the biggest names in egg production gathered to discuss its prevention and control.
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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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