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Friday, May 16, 2014
Pakistan - Bird Flu News South Asian States Urged to Raise Surveillance for Avian Flu
PAKISTAN - The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries need to urgently prepare themselves to mitigate the threats and risks coming from new strains of avian virus.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Monday, June 27, 2011
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Control Programme to be Devolved
PAKISTAN - Concern is being expressed that, among several other programmes being run under the federal government, the National Programme for the Control and Prevention of Avian Influenza (NPCPAI) or Prime Minister's Special Programme to control bird flu is also going to be devolved to provinces by the end of this month.
Daily Times
Friday, June 24, 2011
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Vigilance & Prevention Keep Pakistan Bird Flu–Free
PAKISTAN - The country has been free of avian flu for four years.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, December 31, 2010
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Pakistan Sees H9 Flu as Next Threat to Industry
PAKISTAN - Poultry industry experts are calling on the government to help prevent control H9 avian influenza in the country. The H9 sub-type of the virus is described as 'non-pathogenic' but has become endemic in the poultry industry and causes mortality when other infectious agents are also present.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Pakistan Gets Equipment to Tackle Bird Flu
PAKISTAN - Pakistan received on Friday equipment from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to tackle the threats of bird flu.
Dawn.com
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Pakistan's Poultry Free from Bird Flu: Akram Munir
PAKISTAN - There is no outbreak of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) found in poultry field throughout the country also not been observed since June 2008.
SanaNews.com
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu in Pakistan Was a Hoax
PAKISTAN - The Birds and Animals Business Association (BABA) alleges that at the end of 2003, certain vaccine-producing multinationals spread rumours about the outbreak of bird flu in the poultry industry of many countries around the world, including Pakistan.
The News
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Comparison of Methods to Inactivate Bird Flu Virus
PAKISTAN - There is a wide variety of disinfectants available on the market but there are few studies comparing thier efficacy against the H5N1 avian influenza (AI) virus. M.A. Shahid and colleagues at the Poultry Research Institute in Rawalpindi compared the efficacy of various physical and chemical agents against local strain the H5N1 virus.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Monday, November 17, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Migratory birds do not cause bird flu: experts
KARACHI - Migratory birds cannot be declared responsible for the outbreak of bird flue in any part of the world, including Pakistan, as recent foreign scientific studies revealed that there is no solid evidence which show correlation between migratory birds and bird flue in any part of the world.
The Nation
Monday, October 20, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News WHO Finds Human-to-Human Bird Flu Transmission
PAKISTAN - The World Health Organization reports on a group of human cases of H5N1 bird flu in the North-West Frontier province in October-November 2007. There is evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus in the affected family.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Pakistan Free of Bird Flu
PAKISTAN - The authorities have notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that there have been no outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) since June 2008.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Karachi Sounds Bird Flu Alert
KARACHI - Sindh Minister for Health Dr Saghir Ahmed has issued directives for immediate activation of the District Bird Flu Committees in view of apprehensions about a possible outbreak.
DAWN
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Prompts Cull in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD - Authorities have culled nearly 2 000 broiler chickens following confirmation of a fresh outbreak of avian influenza in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), media reports said on Monday.
IOL
Monday, June 23, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Pakistan Reports New Bird Flu Outbreak
PAKISTAN — Pakistani authorities reported a new outbreak of avian flu at a commercial poultry farm in the country's northwest, killing thousands of birds, officials said.
AFP
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Outbreak Kills 6,000 Chicks
SWABI, PAKISTAN - The district health department and World Health Organisation (WHO) have closed down a poultry farm at Tordher village after confirmation of bird flu reported from the samples sent to Islamabad laboratories for test on Sunday.
TheNation
Friday, April 04, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News WHO Confirms Two More Cases of Bird Flu From Pakistan Outbreak
PAKISTAN - The World Health Organization confirmed two more human cases of bird flu from an outbreak in Pakistan last year, bringing the nation's total to three and suggesting the likelihood of limited transmission between humans.
Bloomberg
Friday, March 21, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Pakistan Govt. assists bird flu-affected poultry farms
ISLAMABAD - Poultry farm owners are understood to have been paid Rs 55 million in the recent days as compensation after the recent outbreak of bird flu.
ThePoultrySite
Monday, March 03, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Bird flu threat still lingers as some fowl refuses to leave
KARACHI - The threat of avian influenza virus (H5N1), more commonly known as bird flu, has not fully died down in Pakistan and there is a constant threat of its breakout in poultry farms, especially in Sindh, said the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) Maternal, Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) program manager and avian flu consultant, Dr Aslam Pervez told Daily Times.
Daily Times
Monday, February 25, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Pakistan Finds New Outbreak Near City of Karachi
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - Pakistani health officials on Sunday confirmed a new outbreak of bird flu at a farm outside the southern city of Karachi. It was the third outbreak of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in the Karachi area this month, but limited only to fowl that tested positive at one farm, and no humans were infected.
TheEarthTimes
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Pakistan - Bird Flu News Pakistan Reports Another H5N1 Outbreak
PAKISTAN - Livestock officials in Pakistan said yesterday that the H5N1 avian influenza virus hit chickens in the northwestern part of the country, the region where December outbreaks were linked to suspected human-to-human transmission of the virus and Pakistan's first confirmed human case.
CIDRAP
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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.

Diagnosis
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:
Biosecurity

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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