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Monday, January 08, 2018
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Two More H5N6 Bird Flu Outbreaks in Gyeonggi, South Jeolla Provinces
SOUTH KOREA - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has reported two further outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu in farms located in the provinces of Gyeonggi and South Jeolla.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Korea, South - Bird Flu News High-path H5N6 Bird Flu Detected at South Jeolla Province Poultry Farms
SOUTH KOREA - Dr Oh Soon-Min, Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Animal Health Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza at two farms located in South Jeolla Province.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News S. Korea Bans Poultry Imports from Netherlands
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea will ban imports of poultry from the Netherlands, as the European country has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday.
Yonhap News Agency
Monday, November 20, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News SK to Disinfect All Poultry Farms, Vehicles Following Bird Flu Outbreak
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea will disinfect all poultry farms and vehicles across the country following its first avian influenza outbreak this winter, the government said Monday.
The Korea Herald
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Live Poultry Exchanges Banned for Two Weeks
SOUTH KOREA - The government is banning the distribution of all live poultry for the next two weeks in the hopes of preventing the avian flu outbreak, which has already affected 15 farms nationwide, from spreading further.
Korea Joongang Daily
Friday, June 09, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Three More Suspected Cases of Avian Influenza Reported
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said Wednesday that three more poultry farms have reported suspected cases of avian influenza. The farms -- one in Gunsan and two in Iksan -- are all located in North Jeolla Province.
The Chosunilbo
Monday, June 05, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Govt Bans Live Poultry Sales After Bird Flu Cases
SOUTH KOREA - The Korean government has prohibited all sales of live poultry in the country starting today and raised the bird flu warning level from second to third in its four-tier system after a strain of avian influenza was found in the provinces of Jeju and North Jeolla.
Korea Joongang Daily
Friday, March 10, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Chicken Prices Rreach Record High Levels Due to Bird Flu Outbreak
SOUTH KOREA - Prices of chicken surged to the highest level in three decades, industry data showed Friday, as large numbers of birds were culled following the nationwide outbreak of avian influenza late last year.
The Korea Herald
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Govt Bans Imports of Chicken, Eggs from US
SOUTH KOREA - Korea is banning imports of live fowl, raw chicken meat and fresh eggs from the United States after the US confirmed a case of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (AI) at a commercial farm in Tennessee Sunday.
Korea Joongang Daily
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News First Australian Eggs Reach South Korea to Aid Bird Flu Shortage
AUSTRALIA - Fresh Australian eggs have cracked the South Korean market, with the first shipment reaching the consumer market, according to the Australian government.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News South Korea Imports US Eggs to Ease Bird Flu Shortage
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA, under Minister Kim Jae-su) has promised to 'minimise inconvenience' to the public from its largest ever avian influenza epidemic, as part of a suite of measures to grow the agriculture and food industries.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Egg Shortage in South Korea After Bird Flu Prompts Large-Scale Culls
SOUTH KOREA - Over 30 million chickens and other birds have been culled so far as a result of South Korea's worst avian influenza outbreaks, according to reports from the region.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Korea, South - Bird Flu News South Korea Sacrifices Nearly 10 Million Birds to Curb Avian Influenza
SOUTH KOREA - The Asian country has slaughtered 9.81 million poultry in the last month in the latest effort to prevent the spread of the new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, confirmed sources at the South Korean Ministry of Food.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Outbreaks Hit More Farms in South Korea
SOUTH KOREA - Six more farms have been affected by outbreaks of H5N6 highly pathogenic avian influenza in South Korea.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Korea, South - Bird Flu News South Korea Culls Thousands of Ducks After Bird Flu Outbreaks
SOUTH KOREA - Fourteen outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have affected duck farms across South Korea.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Breeding Ducks Hit by Latest South Korean Bird Flu Outbreak
SOUTH KOREA - An outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza has been discovered in South Korea.
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Korea, South - Bird Flu News Farmed Ducks Hit by Bird Flu in South Korea
SOUTH KOREA - There have been three outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in meat ducks in South Korea.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Korea, South - Bird Flu News H5N8 Avian Flu Spreads in South Korean Poultry
SOUTH KOREA - Twelve outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza serotype H5N8 have been reported this week in South Korea.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Korea, South - Bird Flu News S. Korea Issues Bird Flu Alert After Suspected Cases at Duck Farms
South Korea has issued a bird flu alert after finding that birds at two duck farms in the southwestern part of the country may have contracted the contagious airborne disease, the government said.
Korea Herald
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Korea, South - Bird Flu News South Korea Reports New Bird Flu Outbreaks
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has reported many outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, dating back to September 2014.
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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