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Thursday, January 04, 2018
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Saudi Arabia Bans Transport of Live Poultry
SAUDI ARABIA - Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have banned the transfer of live birds inside the country, after a fresh outbreak of bird flu in the kingdom on Saturday, the official Saudi news agency SPA said.
Arabian Business
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News OIE Reports Three More HPAI Outbreaks in Riyadh
SAUDI ARABIA - Dr Ali Al Doweriej, Director General of Veterinary Health and Monitoring Department, has reported three further outbreaks of high-path H5N8 bird flu, all in Riyadh.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Imports Blocked Following Bird Flu Outbreak in Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has blocked all poultry imports from Saudi Arabia following an outbreak of bird flu in its capital Riyadh, reports Chris McCullough.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Saudi Arabia Lifts Import Ban on Poultry, Eggs from Four Countries
SAUDI ARABIA - The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has lifted a temporary ban on importing poultry and eggs from four countries due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Saudi Arabia Bans Poultry Imports from US, Bhutan
SAUDI ARABIA - The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has temporarily banned the import of poultry meat, eggs, their products and equipment from five more regions in the United States because of the spread of severe bird flu disease there.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Over 158,000 birds culled at Saudi farm
RIYADH - Saudi authorities have culled over 158,000 birds after a new case of the deadly strain of bird flu was found on a farm outside Riyadh, state media said yesterday. The Saudi Press Agency said 158,000 birds were exterminated at Al Kharj, 150 km south of the capital, after the H5N1 strain of bird flu was found there.
The Peninsula
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News WHO Monitoring Kingdom’s Fight Against Bird Flu
RIYADH - The World Health Organization has, according to this story, been closely monitoring the bird flu outbreak in Saudi Arabia and the country’s readiness to fight the disease, a senior WHO official said yesterday.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News New bird flu case detected in Riyadh
SAUDI ARABIA - New cases of infection with the highly-virulent strain of the bird flue virus have been detected in south of Riyadh, officials said.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Bird flu confirmed in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's agriculture ministry said on Wednesday that more than three million birds have been culled or are in the process of being destroyed following an outbreak of bird flu.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Live Poultry Stores Face Forced Closure
RIYADH — Municipal authorities are to shut down all 385 stores that slaughter live poultry in Riyadh as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of bird flu and other diseases, an official from the municipality announced yesterday.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Ministry Steps Up Efforts to Prevent Bird Flu Outbreak
JEDDAH — The Ministry of Agriculture and Water has banned the import of all sorts of birds, eggs and fodder from countries that have reported an avian flu outbreak as part of a contingency plan to prevent the spread of the deadly disease in the Kingdom.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Saudi Arabia reports bird flu outbreak
RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's agriculture ministry has said the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu had been discovered in birds at a house in the east of the kingdom, the official news agency SPA reported.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Brunei free of bird flu, says govt
BRUNEI - Following a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) update on the global avian influenza situation, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources have assured that Brunei is unaffected by the pandemic. Eleven countries in Asia and Europe have been affected with avian flu, a media release from the health ministry said. The WHO reported that up to February 3, there have been 271 avian flu cases, with 165 deaths around the world.
The Brunei Times
Monday, January 15, 2007
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News  Authorities on avian flu alert as migratory birds arrive
DUBAI - With the start of the migratory bird season, the authorities have become vigilant to monitor the situation to prevent bird flu related cases from entering the country.
Gulf News
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Jabs to protect poultry workers
BAHRAIN - Hundreds of workers at Bahrain's poultry farms are to be vaccinated against ordinary flu to improve their protection against avian influenza, from Sunday.
Gulf Daily News
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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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