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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
France - Bird Flu News H5N3 Avian Influenza Outbreak Reported in France
FRANCE - Dr Loic Evain has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Maine-et-Loire.
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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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Friday, January 06, 2017
France - Bird Flu News France Begins Pre-emptive Slaughter to Stop Bird Flu Spread
FRANCE - France’s poultry industry has been hard hit by outbreaks of a particularly aggressive type of avian influenza, as they have been centred once again on the south-western fois gras-producing region that suffered the most from outbreaks of several different bird flu types during the winter of 2015-16.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
France - Bird Flu News Six More Farms Hit by Bird Flu in France
FRANCE - The H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in several different locations in France in the past week.
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Monday, December 05, 2016
France - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Hits French Farm, Disrupting Planned Move to Disease-Free Status
FRANCE - A duck farm in France is the latest casualty of the outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza that have been spreading around Europe and beyond in recent weeks.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
France - Bird Flu News More Low Path Bird Flu Found in France
FRANCE - Another outbreak of low pathogenic bird flu has been discovered in France.
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Monday, September 19, 2016
France - Bird Flu News France Lifts Bird Movement Restrictions as Flu Outbreaks End
FRANCE - The French agriculture department lifted restrictions on the movement of birds in 17 south-western departments last week, saying that the outbreaks of avian influenza that began in 2015 have ended, according to EFEAGRO.
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Monday, August 01, 2016
France - Bird Flu News More Avian Flu Found in France
FRANCE - Another outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu has been found in France.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
France - Bird Flu News France Detects Avian Flu Outbreaks During Eradication Efforts
FRANCE - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been identified in France as part of increased monitoring efforts against the disease.
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Monday, June 06, 2016
France - Bird Flu News Another Low Path Bird Flu Outbreak Found in France
FRANCE - An outbreak of H5N2 low pathogenic avian influenza was found on a farm in Coudures, Landes department, last week.
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Monday, May 16, 2016
France - Bird Flu News French Ag Minister Meets Farmers Affected by Bird Flu
FRANCE - French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll was out on Friday visiting waterfowl farms affected by bird flu in the Gers and Landes departments.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
France - Bird Flu News Latest French Bird Flu Outbreak Affects New Region
FRANCE - A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported on a French guinea fowl farm.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
France - Bird Flu News France Organises Compensation for Bird Flu-Hit Farmers
FRANCE - France's Agriculture Minister, Stéphane Le Foll, announced over the weekend the compensation arrangements for producers affected by the recent outbreaks of avian influenza.
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Friday, February 26, 2016
France - Bird Flu News France Reports More Bird Flu Outbreaks
FRANCE - France's total number of highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks since November has now risen to 74, although the pace of new outbreaks being discovered has slowed substantially since the height of the problems in December.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
France - Bird Flu News France Announces New Measures to Halt Avian Flu Spread
FRANCE - No new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in France since 12 January, but the country has devised two new decrees to help with the clean up effort and prevent further outbreaks from occurring.
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Friday, January 15, 2016
France - Bird Flu News France Reports Two More Bird Flu Outbreaks
FRANCE - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been announced in France, bring the total number of highly pathogenic outbreaks to 69.
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Monday, January 11, 2016
France - Bird Flu News Another French Bird Flu Outbreak Announced
FRANCE - Another new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in France, bringing the total to 67 outbreaks.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
France - Bird Flu News French Bird Flu Total Rises Further
FRANCE - The latest reports from the French government indicate that 66 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have now been found in the south west of the country.
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Monday, January 04, 2016
France - Bird Flu News French Bird Flu Outbreak Total Hits 64
FRANCE - The latest reports from the French Agriculture Ministry put the total number of highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks at 64, affecting six southwestern regions.
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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.

Diagnosis
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:
Biosecurity

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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