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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
China - Bird Flu News One H7N9 Death Reported in Central China
CHINA - A resident of Central China's Hunan province died of H7N9 flu infection, said provincial authorities on Tuesday.
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Philippines - Bird Flu News SINAG Wants Govt to Stop Imports of Poultry Products from Bird Flu-infested Countries
PHILIPPINES - The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG), an umbrella group of farmers' groups, on Wednesday urged the government to stop importing poultry products from bird flu infested countries.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News Philippines Reports First H5 Outbreak; New Events in Laos, South Africa
PHILIPPINES, LAOS & SOUTH AFRICA - Agriculture officials in the Philippines reported the country's first highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza outbreak, which struck a commercial poultry farm in Pampanga province on Luzon, the country's largest island.
Philippines - Bird Flu News BAI Lifts Poultry Restrictions
PHILIPPINES - Business resumed on Monday after the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) lifted restrictions on the transport and sale of birds and poultry products produced outside a 7-kilometer control area surrounding the bird flu infestation site at San Luis town in Pampanga province.
Monday, August 07, 2017
Myanmar - Bird Flu News Cause of Death of Chickens in Myeik Not H5N1
MYANMAR - Myeik municipal committee chairman Myat Ko Ko confirmed that the cause of death of 500 chickens in Myeik, Tanintharyi Region was not the H5N1 virus.
Global - Bird Flu News Zimbabwe, South Africa Cull 1m Chickens to Stop Bird Flu
ZIMBABWE & SOUTH AFRICA - Zimbabwe and South Africa have culled over a million chickens in a bid to curb the spread of the highly contagious bird flu, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) said.
South Africa - Bird Flu News Chicken Prices May Rise as Avian Flu Spreads
SOUTH AFRICA - Poultry producers on the JSE have proven to be resilient in the midst of the avian influenza outbreak, but experts warned that if the disease continued to spread South Africans could expect shortages of chicken and prices to rise.
Thursday, August 03, 2017
United States - Bird Flu News USPOULTRY Emergency Funding Supports Research on Humane Depopulation Method
US - USPOULTRY announces the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, in which researchers provided insight on using ventilation shut down as a humane depopulation method.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Myanmar - Bird Flu News OIE Reports H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak in Myanmar Poultry Farm
MYANMAR - Dr Ye Tun Win, Chief Veterinary Officer Director General at the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department in Myanmar has reported an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in the Tanintharyi region.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, July 13, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News SA Poultry Industry at Risk if Bird Flu Not Contained
SOUTH AFRICA - The recent cases of bird flu outbreak are a first for the South African poultry industry. Unfortunately, it happens at a time when the industry is gearing up for increased production and exports after periods of drought and subsequent high poultry feed prices resulted in a shortfall. As a result of the outbreak, exports will now be negatively impacted as neighboring countries have imposed import bans.
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China - Bird Flu News More Cases of H7N9 Reported in Beijing
CHINA - Twenty-seven cases of human H7N9 have been reported to authorities in Beijing so far this year, the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control said on Tuesday.
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Monday, July 10, 2017
Oman - Bird Flu News Oman Lifts Poultry Import Ban from Several Countries
OMAN - Oman has lifted the ban on import of poultry and poultry products from several countries. Oman had introduced restrictions in the aftermath of an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus in many European countries and a few Indian states in November-December 2016.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Togo - Bird Flu News OIE Reports H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak in Togo
TOGO - The Togolese veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at an intensive layer farm in Maritime Region.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Monday, July 03, 2017
France - Bird Flu News France Confirms H5N8 Bird Flu Case Near Belgium Border
FRANCE - France's agriculture ministry confirmed on Friday a new case of bird flu on a poultry farm in the northern Brillon region, near the French-Belgian border.
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France - Bird Flu News France Confirms H5N8 Bird Flu Case Near Belgium Border
FRANCE - France's agriculture ministry confirmed on Friday a new case of bird flu on a poultry farm in the northern Brillon region, near the French-Belgian border.
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China - Bird Flu News Six More H7N9 Avian Flu Cases Reported in China
CHINA - China reported six more H7N9 avian flu infections last week, down from 10 reported the week before but showing further signs of ongoing virus circulation during the summer months when few or no human cases are typically recorded.
Friday, June 30, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News Poultry Sales in SA 'Not Affected by Outbreak'
SOUTH AFRICA - There has been no negative reaction in the local market to the recent outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu, the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) said on Thursday.
Rwanda - Bird Flu News Rwanda Govt Bans Import of Poultry Products from SA, Zimbabwe
RWANDA - The Ministry of Agriculture has temporally banned importation of poultry products, including chicken, eggs and chicken meat, from South Africa and Zimbabwe, following an outbreak of avian influenza, commonly known as Bird-Flu in the Southern African countries.
The New Times
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News Zimbabwe and Namibia Ban SA Poultry
ZIMBABWE & NAMIBIA - Namibia and Zimbabwe have banned poultry imports from South Africa after an outbreak of bird flu.
South Africa - Bird Flu News Live Chickens Still on Sale Despite Bird Flu Ban
SOUTH AFRICA - It was business as usual for chicken traders opposite the busy Pan Africa mall in Alexandra‚ in northern Johannesburg‚ on Tuesday - despite the national ban on the sale of live chickens announced by government on 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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