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Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Viet Nam - Bird Flu News
VIETNAM - Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, has been hit with avian influenza, infecting 3,600 ducks with the H5N1 strain of the virus Local news agency VN Express reported that the virus began in a flock of 400 chickens in the same village. Local farmers attempted to cure their flocks before reporting to authorities, but failed, causing the disease to spread. A cull of all remaining birds took place, with disinfection procedures carried out in the surrounding areas to prevent further spread. 20,000 shots of the H5N1 vaccine were distributed by the provincial veternary department.
Monday, January 07, 2019
INDIA - More than 2,500 chickens have been culled after an outbreak of avian influenza in Patna district of the North-eastern state of Bihar, India led to the deaths of 650 chickens
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Bulgaria - Bird Flu News New outbreak of avian influenza reported in Bulgaria
BULGARIA - (Reuters) - Bulgaria's food safety agency reported an outbreak of the virulent bird flu virus H5N8 on Wednesday on a backyard farm in northwestern Bulgaria All chickens, pheasants and pigeons in the backyard farm in the village of Kosovo near the Danube town of Vidin will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, which was confirmed by laboratory tests, the agency said in a statement. Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Hugh Lawson Source: Reuters
Monday, November 19, 2018
China - Bird Flu News China devoted to combating bird flu
For the first time in the past five years, scientists at China's National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory were able to spend the weeklong Chinese Lunar New Year holiday in February with their families
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Bulgaria - Bird Flu News BFSA tightens control over poultry farms
The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) said it has implemented a programme for enhanced observation of poultry farms in connection with the latest cases of bird flu. The measures include biosecurity in farms, more frequent laboratory control and prevention across the country. Birds could be transported only after laboratory tests.
Focus Information Agency
Friday, October 26, 2018
United States - Bird Flu News H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in Kandiyohi County commercial turkey flock
MINNESOTA, USA: Strain is not the same virus that caused 2015 outbreak; does not pose risk to public health or food safety
Minnesota Board of Animal Health
Lao - Bird Flu News 
LAOS: The World Organisation for Animal Health has alerted to the discovery of highly pathogenic avian influenze (H5N1) in Laos The outbreak was reported on 22 October 2018 and is limited to the south of the country. The status of the outbreak is continuing, or a date has not been provided for the final resolution of the outbreak.
World Organisation for Animal Health
Monday, October 22, 2018
Bulgaria - Bird Flu News Bulgaria reports bird flu outbreak on two farms in south of the country
BULGARIA (Reuters) - Bird flu has broken out on a duck farm and a poultry farm in southern Bulgaria, the country's food safety agency said on Thursday
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
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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
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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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