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Friday, September 08, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News COA Confirms Chickens to Have H5N8 Avian Flu
TAIWAN - Chickens at two slaughterhouses in Taipei and New Taipei City were confirmed to be infected with the H5N8 avian influenza virus, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said last week.
Taipei Times
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Tainan Culls Chickens Amid Avian Flu Threat
TAIWAN - A poultry farm in Tainan's Xiaying District was confirmed on Sunday to be infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 34,072 birds, the city's Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office said.
Focus Taiwan
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Hits Taipei Poultry Market
TAIWAN - A poultry market in Taipei was to be the source of an outbreak of the H5 subtype of avian influenza virus, the city's animal protection office said Monday.
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Thursday, April 06, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News More Poultry Culled Amid Flu Outbreak in New Taipei City
TAIWAN - Two Yunlin County chicken farms and a New Taipei City poultry slaughterhouse have been confirmed as infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, resulting in thousands of chickens being culled, officials said.
Taipei Times
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Taiwan Reports New Bird Flu Cases
TAIWAN - Two poultry farms in Taiwan's Yunlin County, a major chicken supplier on the island, were confirmed to be infected with the H5N2 bird flu virus, leading to a culling of more than 30,000 birds, the local animal inspection authority said Tuesday.
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Taiwan Bans Poultry Imports from 2 US States Plagued by Avian Flu
TAIWAN - Taiwan has imposed a ban on imports of all poultry-related products from Tennessee and imports of poultry meat from Wisconsin after the two U.S. states reported avian influenza outbreaks.
Focus Taiwan
Friday, February 17, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Taiwan Bans Poultry Movement to Curb Bird Flu Spread
TAIWAN - Taiwan's government is banning the transportation of poultry for seven days starting today (17 February) as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of bird flu, the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced on Thursday.
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Monday, January 16, 2017
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Taiwan Battling Two Bird Flu Virus Types
TAIWAN - Both the H5N2 and H5N8 strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza are still causing problems in Taiwan, with more outbreaks reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) last week.
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Kills Poultry on Taiwan Farm
TAIWAN - An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Taiwan has killed thousands of birds on a poultry farm.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Kills 500 Birds on Backyard Holding in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Over 100 birds died due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on a backyard poultry holding in Taiwan recently.
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Monday, July 25, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Kills Poultry in Three Areas of Taiwan
TAIWAN - Three new outbreaks of H5N8 strain highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Taiwan.
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Monday, June 27, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News H5N2 Bird Flu Outbreaks Found in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Three outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza were found in Taichung City and Yunlin County.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Three New Avian Flu Outbreaks Reported in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Two outbreaks of H5N8 and one outbreak of H5N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Taiwan.
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Friday, April 22, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News More Avian Flu of Two Types Affecting Poultry Farms in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Three new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Taiwan.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News More Avian Flu Found in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Four new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been discovered in Taiwan.
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Monday, March 14, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Taiwan Reports More Bird Flu Outbreaks
TAIWAN - Three more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Taiwan.
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Monday, March 07, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News 249,490 Chickens Die in Taiwan Avian Influenza Outbreak
TAIWAN - Five new outbreaks of Low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) have been reported on poultry farms in Chinese Taipei.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Discovered in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Six new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Taiwan.
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Monday, February 08, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Two Bird Flu Strains Affecting Poultry in Taiwan
TAIWAN - Both H5N8 and H5N2 strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Taiwan recently.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Taiwan Reports Seven New Bird Flu Outbreaks
TAIWAN - The latest bird flu outbreaks to be reported in Taiwan include one case in a wild bird.
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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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