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Monday, January 08, 2018
Iran - Bird Flu News 100 Million Chickens Infected With Avian Flu
IRAN - Some 100 million egg-laying hens have been infected with the deadly avian flu in Iran and so far 1.20 trillion rials ($27.75 million) have been paid to chicken farmers over their losses, the deputy head at the Agricultural Crops Insurance Fund said.
Financial Tribune
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Iran - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Epidemic Forces Cull of 17m Chickens
IRAN - Around 17 million chickens have been culled in Iran so far, due to the recent outbreak of aviation flu, the chairman of the board of directors at Tehran’s Union of Producers of Egg-Laying Chicken said.
Financial Tribune
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Iran - Bird Flu News Govt Allocates $24m as Compensation for Chicken Farmers
IRAN - The government has allocated 1 trillion rials ($24 million) as compensation to chicken farmers for the massive losses caused by the recent outbreak of avian flu across the country, Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on Tuesday.
Financial Tribune
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Iran - Bird Flu News Chicken Exports Decline Due to Bird Flu
IRAN - Close to 50,000 tons of chicken were exported from Iran in the last fiscal year (March 2016-17), down from 80,000 tons the previous year, registering a 37.5 per cent decline, the head of Broiler Breeders Union said.
Financial Tribune
Monday, March 13, 2017
Iran - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Infects 24 Iranian Provinces
IRAN - Avian influenza has spread across the country and at present 24 provinces are affected by the disease, according to the head of the board of directors at Tehran’s Union of Producers of Egg-Laying Chicken.
Financial tribune
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Iran - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Outbreak Found in Iran
IRAN - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in Iran.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Iran - Bird Flu News Iran Reports First Bird Flu Outbreaks
IRAN - Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has broken out in village ducks at two locations in the north of the country.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, June 17, 2011
Iran - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Continues in Iran
IRAN - Epidemic bird flu has been continuing at some Iranian poultry farms, according to Mehr News Agency The epidemic diseases, including bird flu, have diffused because of lacking enough hygienic and health standards at poultry farms. The source of bird flu, discovered in domestic poultry farms three months ago, is still uncertain.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Iran - Bird Flu News Latest Bird Flu Report to OIE
IRAN - Iranian authorities have sent a follow-up report to the OIE concerning a small outbreak of avian flu at the end of last year.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Iran - Bird Flu News Iran to Produce Bird Flu Vaccine
IRAN - Iran and Indonesia have reached a tentative deal to co-produce bird flu vaccines, Indonesia's Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari says.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Iran - Bird Flu News Iran Bans Hunting of Birds to Prevent Bird Flu Outbreak
TEHRAN - Iran has banned bird hunting in its southwestern province to prevent the possible outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, the official IRNA news agency said on Sunday.
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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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