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Monday, January 08, 2018
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
India - Bird Flu News Chicken, Egg Sales Dip Due to Bird Flu Scare
INDIA - The bird flu scare that's gripping the city following the death of eight chickens due to avian flu has affected sale of chicken meat. Over the last three days, the city has seen a 20-25% dip in sales of chicken meat and eggs, said Dr B G Puttanna, head of the technical committee in Karnataka Poultry Framers' and Breeders' Association (KPFBA).
The Times of India
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
India - Bird Flu News Bengaluru: Dead Chicken Tests Positive for Bird Flu
INDIA - One case of H5N1 Avian Influenza (bird flu) was detected in chicken at a poultry shop in Dasarahalli on Kempapura Main Road. The shop has been shut since December 30. Poultry shops in a 1-km radius of that shop too have been shut down by the health department.
The New Indian Express
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
India - Bird Flu News India Reports Spread of Bird Flu to Farms
INDIA - Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been detected in Indian farms, following the recent outbreaks in waterfowl in the country.
Friday, October 28, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Poultry Farms, Wild Bird Sanctuaries on Alert After Indian Bird Flu Outbreaks
INDIA - With at least 70 wild birds and ducks killed due to avian influenza caused by H5N8 virus, nearly 1200 birds have already been culled in India by the government, writes Basudev Mahapatra.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Indian Government Acts to Contain Avian Flu Outbreak in Wild Birds
INDIA - Bird flu outbreak in India has taken lives of about 50 birds in different zoos. While 33 migratory birds have died due to influenza in a Delhi-based wildlife park during the last five days, 18 Painted Storks have been killed within a week in a Gwalior-based Zoo in Madhya Pradesh, writes Basudev Mahapatra.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Delhi Zoo Shut After Bird Flu Cases
INDIA - Several birds have reportedly died from avian influenza at the Delhi zoo, which has been temporarily closed to contain the disease.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza-Free India a Big Relief to its Poultry Producers
INDIA - India is free from avian influenza (H5N1) or bird flu from September 5, 2016, the department of agriculture and animal husbandry has declared, writes Basudev Mahapatra.
Monday, May 23, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Rapid Bird Flu Response Teams in Place in India's Karnataka Region
INDIA - Fifty rapid response teams have been formed in the Indian region where highly pathogenic avian influenza was found recently.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
India - Bird Flu News More Details Revealed of Indian Bird Flu Outbreak
INDIA - The latest outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in India resulted in the deaths of over 30,000 birds, the country's report to the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) says.
Monday, May 09, 2016
India - Bird Flu News India on Alert After Bird Flu Outbreak Reported
INDIA - Many birds have reportedly been culled after an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Karnataka state in India.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Indian Poultry Products Banned from Kuwait Over Bird Flu Fears
KUWAIT - Isolated incidents of avian influenza in India have led to a ban being placed on imports of Indian poultry products into Kuwait, various news outlets have reported.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
India - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Outbreak Found on Indian State Poultry Farm
INDIA - Thousands of birds have died on a state poultry farm after an outbreak of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
India - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Bird Monitoring Programme Missing
INDIA - Two months into the migratory bird season, a migratory bird surveillance programme promised after the last year’s avian flu outbreak is still missing in Kerala State.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
India - Bird Flu News New Avian Flu Outbreaks in India
INDIA - There have been two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 serotype in domestic birds in India.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, May 08, 2015
India - Bird Flu News Telangana State on Bird Flu Alert Again
INDIA - Avian flu is feared to be the cause of death of hundreds of chickens in Ranagreddy district.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, April 23, 2015
India - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Fears Hit Chicken Sales in City, Not Rural Telengana
INDIA - Chicken sales in Hyderabad are reported to be down as much as 80 per cent as consumers are fearful of recent outbreaks of bird flu in the surrounding area of Telangana state.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
India - Bird Flu News Poultry Culled as Bird Flu Returns to Manipur
INDIA - Highly pathogenic avian flu of the H5 type has returned to the state of Manipur in north-east India.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Sunday, April 19, 2015
India - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Surveillance Continues in India
INDIA - Surveillance is continuing of the poultry and human populations within 10km of the avian influenza outbreak in the state of Telangana last week but no further cases have been detected.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
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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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