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Thursday, September 14, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News UK can Officially Call Itself Bird Flu Free; Chief Vet Sounds Caution
UK - UK poultry keepers have been urged to remain vigilant for signs of avian influenza even though the UK has met all international requirements to declare itself free from the disease, Chris McCullough reports.
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Poultry Keepers Urged to Prepare for Winter Avian Flu Threat
UK - All poultry keepers across the UK are being urged to remain vigilant to the threat of bird flu and take action now to reduce the risk to their flocks and the wider poultry industry this winter in a joint call from the Chief Vets of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the UK.
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Friday, May 05, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Found in Chickens in Lancashire Farm
UK - Restrictions have been put in place around a Thornton-Cleveleys farm after bird flu was detected.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Removal of Requirement to House Birds in Higher Risk Areas from 13 April
UK - Defra has announced that all poultry in England are to be allowed outside from Thursday, 13 April, following updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds.
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza and Free Range Eggs: What's the Latest?
UK - Chief executive of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) Robert Gooch has issued a statement regarding avian influenza and its threat to the UK's free range egg sector.
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Monday, February 27, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News UK 'Postcode Lottery' of Bird Flu Rules Confirmed
UK - The Government Chief Vet has confirmed new measures to protect against avian flu that take a more targeted approach to controlling the disease.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Free Range Producers Decry 'Postcode Lottery' in Bird Flu Rules
UK - The British Free Range Egg Producers Association is calling for Defra to allow all free range hens in England to be allowed outside at the end of February before producers go out of business.
Monday, February 13, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Control Zones Formed Around Suffolk Farm Following Bird Flu Investigation
UK - The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has announced an initial 10km Temporary Control Zone around a poultry premises near Redgrave, in the district of mid-Suffolk, following investigation into a suspected case of avian influenza where laboratory analysis has identified the presence of H5N8.
Friday, February 10, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Concerns Remain Over New Bird Flu Rules for Free Range Producers
UK - Farming organisations have reacted with relief to the new rules proposed by the government to deal with bird flu, which should preserve free range status for many egg producers around the country.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Free Range Status to be Preserved in Most Parts of England as Biosecurity Gets More Specific
UK - The government has set out initial plans to update temporary measures in place to reduce the risk of avian flu in England, after the current Prevention Zone expires on 28 February 2017.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Retailers Asked to Continue Supporting Free Range Poultry Producers
UK - British retailers have been asked to continue supporting poultry farmers – whose birds have been housed to protect them from bird flu - as the EU 12 week derogation protecting their free-range status nears its end.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Politicians Urged to Save Free Range Status as Bird Flu Housing Orders Continue
UK - The UK Farming Union Presidents will hold urgent discussions with MEPs and EU decision-makers, urging them to extend the 12-week free-range status of poultry impacted by the compulsory housing order to prevent bird flu that is in place until 28 February.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Further Bird Flu Found in Lancashire
UK - H5N8 avian influenza has been found at another site in Lancashire.
Monday, January 30, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News More Pheasants Killed by Avian Flu in Lancashire
UK - The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed a second case of H5N8 avian flu at a premises in Wyre, Lancashire.
Friday, January 27, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Turkey Farm in Lincolnshire Latest UK Victim of Bird Flu
UK - The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu at a turkey rearing farm near Boston, Lincolnshire.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Housing Order Extended to March for Poultry in Northern Ireland
NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - Poultry keepers in Northern Ireland have been ordered to keep birds indoors to protect them from avian flu until 16 March - an extension of the original time of the Prevention Zone.
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Confirmed on Lancashire Farm
UK - The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a flock of farmed breeding pheasants at a premises in Wyre, Lancashire.
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Free Range Labelling Under Threat Due to Bird Flu - What Will Europe Do?
EU - Many countries in Europe have forced poultry indoors to protect them from a dangerous type of avian influenza, but EU rules mean that if the birds are ordered indoors for more than twelve weeks their products can no longer be listed as free range.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Poultry Club Meets Defra to Discuss Rare Breed Survival in Bird Flu Outbreaks
UK - The Poultry Club of Great Britain (PCGB) has hailed the results of a meeting with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
United Kingdom - Bird Flu News Second Lincolnshire Turkey Farm Hit by Bird Flu
UK - The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a flock of turkeys at a farm in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire.
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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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