Friday, March 17, 2017 Alabama Officials Investigate Avian Flu Detections
US - Alabama agriculture officials are investigating suspected avian flu outbreaks at three locations in the northern part of the state, close to where H7N9 outbreaks — one highly pathogenic and one low pathogenic — were recently reported on two Tennessee farms.ThePoultrySite News Desk
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 CME: HPAI-infected Poultry Barred from Entering Food System
US - A case of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in Lincoln County, Tennessee chicken breeder flock this past weekend, according to the Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc.ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 Council Reacts to HPAI at Tennessee Broiler-Breeder Farm
US - The National Chicken Council (NCC) was notified by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that the agency has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial broiler breeder flock in Lincoln County, Tennessee, along the Mississippi flyway. Tests are underway to identify the neuraminidase, or "N" number of the virus.ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 2017 US Egg Exports Predicted Higher After South Korea's Bird Flu Outbreaks
US - December data for table egg layers showed a record number of eggs produced per 100 chickens, while the number of layers reached its second highest level, according to the latest Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook from the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.ThePoultrySite
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Avian Influenza Found in Wild Mallard Duck in Montana, US
US - A Eurasian/North American H5N2 avian influenza virus has been detected in a wild mallard duck in Fergus County, Montana, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).ThePoultrySite
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Heat Can Quickly Inactivate Bird Flu Virus
US - The avian influenza virus can be relatively quickly inactivated by heat, shows emergency research funded after the devastating bird flu outbreaks across the US in 2015.ThePoultrySite
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Seminar Highlights Avian Flu Preparedness After 2015 Outbreak Cost Billions
US - The economic losses caused by the avian influenza outbreak across the US in 2015 was $3.3 billion, according to Dr Melburn Stephens, speaking at USPOULTRY’s recent 2016 Live Production and Welfare Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee.ThePoultrySite
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Highly Pathogenic Bird Flu Found in Alaskan Duck
US - The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a wild mallard duck from a state wildlife refuge near Fairbanks, Alaska.ThePoultrySite
Thursday, August 25, 2016 US Poultry Export Potential Driven by Avian Flu
ANALYSIS - The risk of high-path avian influenza (HPAI) is expected to have a major impact on US poultry exports in the next few years, according to a report from Rabobank.ThePoultrySite
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 New Way to Inactivate Avian Influenza Virus in Poultry Feed
US - A project begun in October 2015, after receiving emergency funding from USPOULTRY following the devastating impacts of avian influenza, has found a way to inactivate the virus in poultry feeds.ThePoultrySite
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Low-Path Avian Flu Reported in Three US States
US - Low-pathogenic H5 avian influenza has been found in live-bird markets in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.ThePoultrySite
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Maryland Extends Bird Flu Emergency Orders
US - The Maryland Secretary of Agriculture has extended Emergency Orders to prevent highly pathogenic avian influenza from infecting Maryland poultry flocks, citing continued threats of an outbreak.ThePoultrySite
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 New York State Lifts Avian Flu Ban on Poultry Fair Exhibits
US - New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball has announced the end of the ban on all live fowl competitions and exhibits at the Great New York State Fair and at all county fairs in New York.ThePoultrySite
Friday, May 06, 2016 Avian Flu in the US: High-Path, Low-Path and its Link to Other Poultry Diseases
GLOBAL - The most dangerous characteristic of avian influenza is its ability to mutate quickly from a low-pathogenic disease of the respiratory tract to a high-pathogenic disease with mortality rates up to 100%, explained David Swayne, DVM, PhD, research veterinarian with the USDA.ThePoultrySite
Thursday, May 05, 2016 Low Pathogenic Avian Flu Found in Missouri Turkeys
US - An outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza has been detected on a commercial turkey farm in Missouri.ThePoultrySite
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Indiana Now Free From Avian Flu
US - The last remaining quarantine associated with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases identified in Dubois County, Indiana has officially been lifted.ThePoultrySite
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Alaska a Key Location for Bird Flu Transfer to North America
US - The US Geological Survey has released additional evidence that western Alaska remains a hot spot for avian influenza to enter North America.ThePoultrySite
Monday, April 04, 2016 Feed Mill Seminar Emphasises Importance of Avian Flu Prevention
US - Approximately 200 mill managers and allied suppliers attended USPOULTRY's 2016 Feed Mill Management Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee recently.ThePoultrySite
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Zoetis Receives Conditional License from USDA for Avian Influenza Vaccine, H5N1 Subtype, Killed Virus
US - Zoetis Inc. today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the company a conditional license for Avian Influenza Vaccine, H5N1 Subtype, Killed Virus*. The vaccine is intended for use in chickens as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by avian influenza H5N1.ThePoultrySite
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 How Do US Agencies Prevent Disease Importation?
US - To keep livestock healthy in all parts of the world, APHIS monitors outbreaks of disease in the United States and abroad.ThePoultrySite
(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
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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
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- 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
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