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Friday, October 26, 2018
Lao - Bird Flu News 
LAOS: The World Organisation for Animal Health has alerted to the discovery of highly pathogenic avian influenze (H5N1) in Laos The outbreak was reported on 22 October 2018 and is limited to the south of the country. The status of the outbreak is continuing, or a date has not been provided for the final resolution of the outbreak.
World Organisation for Animal Health
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Lao - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Outbreak Found in Laos
LAOS - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Laos' Luangprabang region has killed 47 chickens.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Lao - Bird Flu News Laos Reports its First Avian Flu Outbreak of 2015
LAOS - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been discovered in ducks and chickens in Laos.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Lao - Bird Flu News Low Path Avian Flu Virus Detected in Laos
LAOS - The Laotian veterinary authorities have reported the detection of low pathogenic H5N6 bird flu in Luangprabang.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Lao - Bird Flu News First H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak for Five Years in Laos
LAOS - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu is reported in a village poultry flock in the north-west of the country - the first for more than five years.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, June 03, 2011
Lao - Bird Flu News FAO Warns Laos to Stay Alert against Avian Flu
LAOS - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued an early warning to Laos on Thursday (2 June) for the country to stay alert to the possibility of fresh outbreaks of avian influenza. FAO epidemiologist, Dr Joanna Mackenzie, gave the warning in the Lao capital of Vientiane that the threat of an outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) remained real.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Lao - Bird Flu News No New Occurence of Bird Flu in Laos
LAOS - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has provided an update on the bird flu situation in Laos.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Monday, May 17, 2010
Lao - Bird Flu News Lao Republic Reports New Outbreak
LAOS - The first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) for more than a year has been reported in the capital.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Lao - Bird Flu News Lao Province at Risk of Bird Flu Outbreak
LAO - Many areas of Phongsaly province of Laos are at risk of infection from the H5N1 bird flu virus as local people are continuing to bring in poultry and eggs illegally from neighboring countries, the Lao newspaper Vientiane Times reported yesterday.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, February 27, 2009
Lao - Bird Flu News New H5N1 Outbreak in Laos
LAO - The veterinary authorities have sent a report to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) regarding a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Lao - Bird Flu News Laos Bird Flu Confirmed in Phongsaly Province
LAO - Laos’ Phongsaly province has become the first locality in the country this year where bird flu was detected when an avian influenza outbreak was confirmed by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) last week.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Lao - Bird Flu News Lao Bird Flu 'Resolved'
LAOS - The veterinary authorities have notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that the latest outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been resolved.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Lao - Bird Flu News Laos Reported Fresh Bird Flu Outbreak
LAOS - The Lao authorities have confirmed a bird flu outbreak in Donngeun village in Laos' northwestern province of Xayaboury that shares a border with Thailand, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Lao - Bird Flu News Laotian Authorities Report High-Path Bird Flu
LAO - Authorities in Lao have notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in their country.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Lao - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Found in Northern Laos
LAOS - Authorities in Laos detected a fresh outbreak of bird flu in the north of the country last week and slaughtered all poultry affected, a government spokesman says.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Lao - Bird Flu News Bird flu resurfaces in N Laos
LAOS - A fresh outbreak of bird flu among fowls has struck Laos' southern Luang Namtha province, Lao newspaper on Tuesday quoted a local agriculture official as saying.
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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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