converting website visitors - news, features, articles and disease information for the poultry industry

Latest Avian / Bird Flu News
Thursday, January 04, 2018
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Netherlands Chicken, Egg Imports Latest to be Banned by UAE
UAE - The UAE has banned the import of chicken and eggs from the Netherlands following an alert from the World Organisation for Animal Health on a highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain.
The National
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Highly Contagious Virus Prompts UAE to Ban Chicken Eggs and Meat from Russia
UAE - The UAE banned live birds from the central region of Kostromskaya Oblast in Russia following an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N2 bird flu strain, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) said on Tuesday.
The National
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE Bans Poultry Imports from Saudi Arabia Following H5N8 Bird Flu Outbreak
UAE - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced Sunday a ban on poultry imports from Saudi Arabia following a reported outbreak of a bird flu in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, April 06, 2017
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE Prohibits Live Birds, Untreated Poultry Products from Croatia
UAE - The UAE has prohibited the import of all kinds of live domestic and wild birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs and their thermally not treated wastes from the Republic of Croatia following the recent outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in that country.
Gulf News
Friday, June 28, 2013
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE Lifts Ban on Poultry from Philippines
UAE - The UAE has lifted a ban on the import of poultry products from the Philippines following positive reports from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about the well-being of birds in the Asian country.
Emirates 24/7
Thursday, January 08, 2009
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News New UAE Requirements for Imports of Table Eggs
UAE - The Ministry of Water and Environment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a new decree that stipulates the conditions for importing table eggs.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Flutters Closer to Gulf Countries
UAE - Two years after the former peak in cases of bird flu, the deadly H5N1 virus appears to fighting back in countries neighbouring the Middle East.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Over 700 Shipments of Poultry Products Seized at Dubai Airport
DUBAI - As many as 789 shipments of poultry products were seized at the Dubai International Airport in the first half of the current year as part of the country's efforts to prevent an outbreak of avian flu.
Monday, January 21, 2008
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Oman bans poultry from India
DUBAI - Oman has banned the import of domestic birds, their products and derivatives from India, following the outbreak of bird flu.
The Economic Times
Thursday, January 03, 2008
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Plan in Place if Bird Flu Carrier Arrives in UAE
ABU DHABI — Cases of humans contracting the deadly bird flu virus have been registered in most continents, especially Asia, but no such cases have reached the UAE so far, authorities have said.
Monday, November 19, 2007
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE ready to deal with bird flu emergency
ABU DHABI - A senior official of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said that the country is ready to deal with any bird flu emergency situation after reports of an outbreak of the disease in neighboring Saudi Arabia, local newspaper Gulf News reported on Monday.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE bans poultry imports from India
UAE - The move follows similar decision by Sri Lanka and Bhutan in the wake of the outbreak of avian influenza in Manipur. Govt steps up vigil on Myanmar border
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE bans Czech and Togo poultry imports over
DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned the import of all live birds and poultry products from the Czech Republic and Togo after an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus in both countries, the official Wam news agency said.
Monday, July 23, 2007
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE Bans Czech, Togo Poultry Imports
DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates banned on Saturday the import of all live birds and poultry products from the Czech Republic and Togo after an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus in both countries, the official WAM news agency said.
Friday, March 09, 2007
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Round-the-clock watch for bird flu
DUBAI - The dreaded H5N1 virus is not upon Emirati shores yet, but all across the Emirates, health and municipal authorities are gearing up to face the worse. The recent cases in Kuwait have raised the alarm here too, though authorities are confident that risk levels are low and if cases are detected, chances of an epidemic are slim.
The Emirates
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE to set up new quarantine center to prevent bird flu
UAE - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will set up a new quarantine center at the UAE-Oman border to prevent the possible entry of the H5N1 bird flu virus, the Gulf News reported on Wednesday.
People's Daily Online
Next 20
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

Useful Links

Our Sponsors


Seasonal Picks

Animal Welfare Science, Husbandry and Ethics: The Evolving Story of Our Relationship with Farm Animals