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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
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017
China - Bird Flu News H7N9 Case Reported in Southwest China
CHINA - Southwest China's Yunnan province reported a human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus, local health authorities said Monday.
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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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Thursday, July 13, 2017
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 03, 2017
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.
Monday, June 19, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Poultry Vaccine to be Tested
CHINA - Poultry in two southern regions will begin receiving the first vaccine against the H7N9 bird flu virus early next month, as authorities look to control the spread of the potentially fatal disease.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
China - Bird Flu News 'Pandemic' Possible with H7N9 Virus, Study Finds
CHINA - A study published by a prestigious international medical journal has warned that mutations in the bird flu H7N9 virus could lead to a "pandemic" that could cause sickness and death around the world.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Increase Reported in H7N9 Avian Flu Cases in China
CHINA - In its weekly report, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection (CHP) last week confirmed 12 H7N9 avian flu cases reported from China's mainland from 2 June through 8 June.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Analysis of H7N9 in China Finds Age, Geographic Shifts
CHINA - A detailed epidemiologic analysis of illnesses in China's fifth and biggest wave of H7N9 avian influenza activity, still under way, found a few shifts in the epidemiologic pattern, with middle-age adults more likely to be infected and the reach of the disease extending from urban to more rural areas.
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China - Bird Flu News Wenjiang Promotes Frozen Chicken to Combat H7N9 Exposure
CHINA - With the spread of the H7N9 influenza virus, supermarkets in Wenjiang have stopped slaughtering live poultry onsite and suspended any trade of live poultry.
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Monday, June 05, 2017
China - Bird Flu News China H7N9 Total Grows by Eight; Studies Detail Virus Mutations
CHINA - Reflecting continued slow decline of H7N9 avian flu cases in China, eight new illnesses were reported this week, as research teams from the country published new studies that provide an early glimpse of the epidemiology and clinical features of the highly pathogenic variant that recently emerged in poultry and is also infecting people.
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Thursday, June 01, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Flu Outbreak Kills Over 20,000 Chickens in China
CHINA - More than 20,000 chickens died from an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, the local government said on Wednesday.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
China - Bird Flu News H7N9 Cases Ebb in China as CDC Creates Vaccine Virus
CHINA - The number of new H7N9 avian flu cases in China declined again last week, which if sustained would fit the pattern of a lull over the summer months.
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Monday, May 08, 2017
China - Bird Flu News China Reports 24 More H7N9 Avian Flu Cases, 9 Fatal
CHINA - China continues to see a steady pace of new H7N9 avian flu infections late into the season, with 24 cases reported over the past week, including at least one from a province that had never reported one before.
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Thursday, May 04, 2017
China - Bird Flu News New H7N9 Case Reported in NW China
CHINA - A 62-year-old man died from the H7N9 virus infection in Northwest China's Shaanxi province, local health authorities said Wednesday.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Northwest China Province Reports 3 H7N9 Cases
CHINA - Northwest China's Gansu province has reported three H7N9 bird flu cases, the province's first human infections this year, authorities said Tuesday.
China Daily
China - Bird Flu News Expert Calls for Greater Efforts to Fight H7N9 Flu
CHINA - China has worked hard to prevent and control the spread of the H7N9 influenza virus, which this winter registered its largest outbreak since first being reported in China in 2013, but greater efforts are needed against the contagious disease, said Monique Eloit, director-general of the World Organization for Animal Health.
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Monday, April 24, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Jilin Reports First H7N9 Infection in 2017
CHINA - Northeast China's Jilin has reported the province's first human infection of the H7N9 strain of bird flu.
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China - Bird Flu News China's H7N9 Cases Spike, Led by Infections in Beijing
CHINA - After several weeks of declining H7N9 avian influenza activity, China's cases are rising again, partly related to a recent spurt of local infections in Beijing, an area that usually doesn't see many cases and is located north of the main hot spots.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
China - Bird Flu News Beijing Reports 10 H7N9 Cases This Year
CHINA - Beijing has reported 10 human H7N9 avian flu cases in 2017 so far, according to the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control on Tuesday.
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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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