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Friday, March 10, 2017
Thailand - Bird Flu News US Bird Flu Outbreak Set to Push Thai Poultry Exports
THAILAND - Thai poultry exports are likely to continue their growth this year as many countries restrict imports of US poultry in light of a bird flu outbreak.
Bangkok Post
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Thailand - Bird Flu News Collective Resistance to HPAI H5N1 Surveillance in the Thai Cockfighting Community
THAILAND - Farmers may organise themselves to collectively manage risks such as animal diseases. A study by M.C. Paul and others shows some evidence of such organization among fighting cock owners in Thailand. Fighting cocks were specifically targeted by HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) H5N1 surveillance and control measures in Thailand because they were thought to pose a high risk of spreading diseases. In this work, the researchers used a social-anthropological approach to gain an inside view of the issues associated with HPAI H5N1 surveillance in the cockfighting community in Thailand. They found that fighting cock owners share a sense of belonging to the same community based on a common culture, values, interests, practices, and internal rules, including rules to manage poultry diseases.
During the HPAI H5N1 outbreaks, these rules may have contributed to mitigating the potential risk associated with the movement of fighting cocks inside the country. However, the community has been reluctant to comply with HPAI surveillance programmes.
Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Thailand - Bird Flu News Thailand 'Not at Risk' for Bird Flu
THAILAND - Five Asian countries could join China as targets for the H7N9 bird flu virus that has claimed about a hundred lives since it erupted in March 2013, scientists said Tuesday.
Bangkok Post
Monday, March 03, 2014
Thailand - Bird Flu News Zero-inflated Models for Identifying Disease Risk Factors When Case Detection is Imperfect: Application to HPAI H5N1 in Thailand
THAILAND - This model clarified the role of the different variables: for example, results suggested that human population density was not associated with the disease occurrence but was rather associated with the number of reported outbreaks given disease occurrence, according to T. Vergne from Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement in France.
These models estimates that 902 subdistricts suffered at least one HPAI H5N1 outbreak in Thailand although only 779 were reported to veterinary authorities.
One model revealed the spatial distribution of the probability that a subdistrict could have been a false negative.
Preventative Veterinary Medicine
Friday, January 31, 2014
Thailand - Bird Flu News DDC Denies Soldier Dead from Bird Flu
THAILAND - The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has dismissed a report claiming that a soldier in Chiang Mai died from bird flu.
Bangkok Post
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Thailand - Bird Flu News Commerce Ministry: Thai Poultry 'Bird Flu-free'
THAILAND - The rumour spreading on social networks that a bird flu epidemic was occuring at poultry farms in Thailand was totally baseless, Panjit Pissawong, deputy director general of the Foreign Trade Department at the Commerce Ministry, said on Wednesday.
Bangkok Post
Monday, December 23, 2013
Thailand - Bird Flu News Japan Lifts Import Ban on Fresh Chicken from Thailand
THAILAND - Japan will resume imports of fresh chicken from Thailand by the end of the year after imposing a ban in 2004 following a bird flu outbreak, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Thailand - Bird Flu News Thailand Official Insists No Bird Flu Outbreak
THAILAND - Department of Livestock Development director-general Tristsadee Chaosuancharoen insisted on Thursday that there is no bird flu outbreak in Thailand.
The Nation
Monday, September 23, 2013
Thailand - Bird Flu News FAO Launches Emergency Projects to Fight H7N9 Avian Flu
THAILAND - Two emergency regional projects aimed at containing avian influenza were launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at a three-day workshop. The meeting was attended by veterinary experts from countries in the sub-regions of Southeast and South Asia and from a number of international organizations and development partners.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Thailand - Bird Flu News Thailand Boosts Bird-flu Monitoring on Cambodian Frontier
THAILAND - Health officials along the Cambodian border have been instructed to look out for bird flu.
Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong said on 25 August that the number of victims of the deadly H5N1 virus was reportedly still increasing in the neighbouring country, and the disease could cross the border into Thailand via the transportation of poultry and fighting cocks, as well as the migration of wild birds.
The Nation
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thailand - Bird Flu News Qatar Lifts Import Ban on Thai Chicken Meat
THAILAND - Thailand's Foreign Ministry said Friday Qatar has lifted a ten-year ban on Thai chicken meat, Xinhua news agency reported.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Thailand - Bird Flu News Thailand Still on High Alert against H7N9 Flu
THAILAND - Thai authorities concerned have remained on high alert to prevent any H7N9 bird flu case in Thailand, as the number of the new deadly avian flu patients in China has risen to seven, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Thailand - Bird Flu News Thailand Clear of H7N9 Bird Flu
THAILAND - Public Health Ministry has confirmed there is no sign of H7N9 bird flu in Thailand, calming fears after reports that two people in China had died of this lesser-known strain of the deadly virus.
Bangkok Post
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thailand - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Feared in Ang Thong
THAILAND - Hundreds and possibly thousands of open-billed storks have died mysteriously in Ang Thong, triggering fear of a new outbreak of bird flu.
Bangkok Post
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Thailand - Bird Flu News Thailand on Alert for Bird Flu Outbreak
THAILAND - The authorities are vigilant for the possibility of an outbreak of bird flu after patients contracting the disease were reported in neighbouring countries, MCOT reported on Tuesday (30 August).
ASEAN-China Center
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thailand - Bird Flu News Genetic Characterisation of H5N1 Yields Clues to Control
THAILAND - After working on the genetic characterisation of the 2008 bird flu virus, researchers at Chulalongkorn University recommend focussing on the prevention of the viruses circulating in high-risk areas, as well as continuous surveillance and whole genome sequencing of H5N1 viruses.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thailand - Bird Flu News Sukhothai on Bird Flu Watch
THAILAND - Nine districts in Sukhothai province have been put on a bird flu alert. The districts are considered at risk of bird flu following many suspicious deaths of poultry.
Thai-ASEAN News Network
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Thailand - Bird Flu News 1,500 Rapid Response Units On Bird Flu Watch Standby
THAILAND - Thailand's Minister of Public Health Witthaya Kaewparadai on Monday instructed provincial health chiefs to prepare 1,500 local rapid response units to monitor the bird flu situation following the death of 1,000 ducks in the central province of Suphan Buri in Thailand.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thailand - Bird Flu News Thailand is Free of Bird Flu
THAILAND - Thailand is now free of the avian influenza or the bird flu, but precaution measures have been implemented to prevent its outbreak, Preecha Somboonprasert, director-general of the Livestock Development Department said Monday.
Xinhua Net
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thailand - Bird Flu News Thailand's North Alerted of Bird Flu Outbreak
BANGKOK, THAILAND - Thailand's North has alerted of the bird flu outbreak after almost 100 poultries died recently in a northern province of Nan.
Xinhua Online
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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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