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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News Philippines Reports First H5 Outbreak; New Events in Laos, South Africa
PHILIPPINES, LAOS & SOUTH AFRICA - Agriculture officials in the Philippines reported the country's first highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza outbreak, which struck a commercial poultry farm in Pampanga province on Luzon, the country's largest island.
Monday, August 07, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News Zimbabwe, South Africa Cull 1m Chickens to Stop Bird Flu
ZIMBABWE & SOUTH AFRICA - Zimbabwe and South Africa have culled over a million chickens in a bid to curb the spread of the highly contagious bird flu, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) said.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News Zimbabwe and Namibia Ban SA Poultry
ZIMBABWE & NAMIBIA - Namibia and Zimbabwe have banned poultry imports from South Africa after an outbreak of bird flu.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News HPAI Outbreaks Reported in Egypt, Russia
EGYPT & RUSSIA - In the latest avian influenza developments, Egypt reported six more highly pathogenic H5N8 outbreaks, mostly involving backyard poultry, and Russia reported two more outbreaks involving the strain, according to notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News Iran, Viet Nam Report More H5N1 Outbreaks
IRAN & VIET NAM - The highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus struck birds in Iran and Vietnam, as H5N8 outbreaks continue in Europe, including at a large poultry farm in Sweden, according to the latest notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News Huge Poultry Population May Make Planet More 'Infectable'
UK - Mass livestock production is driving molecular changes in diseases that could lead to human pandemics, a professor from the University of Exeter suggests in a new book.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Global - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Latest - H5N8 Outbreaks Around Europe and Beyond
GLOBAL - There have been many more new outbreaks of avian influenza in the past few weeks since 21 December, according to reports newly visible on the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) website.
Friday, December 23, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Top Tips for Bird Flu Prevention
GLOBAL - In recent weeks there has been an explosion of avian influenza outbreaks in both poultry flocks and wild birds in the Northern hemisphere, as wild birds go through their annual migration to warmer climes, writes The Poultry Site's Editor Alice Mitchell.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Hungary Reports 33 New Bird Flu Outbreaks
GLOBAL - Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza have continued across Europe, with Hungary announcing 33 new outbreaks yesterday.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Hungary, Israel Report More Bird Flu Outbreaks
GLOBAL - Israel and Hungary are the latest countries to report outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza on farms, with Hungary reporting over 20 farms affected.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Thousands of Birds Culled in France as Bird Flu Virus Spreads to More Countries
GLOBAL - Birds on six more farms have been destroyed in France after the birds were identified as being connected with the initial outbreak farm.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Concerns Challenge Positive Outlook for Global Poultry, Rabobank Says
GLOBAL - The outlook for the global poultry industry in 2017, which is generally positive, is now being challenged by a new wave of avian influenza outbreaks, according to the Rabobank Global Poultry Quarterly report for quarter four of 2016.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Still Causing Problems in West Africa
WEST AFRICA - Whilst outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been spreading through Europe, India and the Middle East in the past few weeks, West Africa has been struggling with the disease for a long time.
Global - Bird Flu News Wild Birds Found Dead from Bird Flu in More Countries
GLOBAL - The number of countries with confirmed outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza has expanding further, with Ukraine, Romania and Egypt all reporting outbreaks.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News More Bird Flu Outbreaks Hit Farms as France Finds First Case
GLOBAL - Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been escalating around Europe and beyond in the last few days.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Continues to Spread through Europe
EUROPE - More outbreaks of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found all over Europe in the past few days.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Outbreaks Reach Iran as Denmark Reports Backyard Cases
GLOBAL - Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported all over Europe in recent weeks, particularly in wild birds but also on some farms.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Countries Across Migration Pathways at Risk from Avian Flu
GLOBAL - The H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that is currently spreading around Europe was detected in wild birds in Tyva Republic in southern Russia two months ago, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Virus Spreads to Israeli Poultry Farm
GLOBAL - Multiple cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N8 have been found across Europe in recent days, and a new report suggests that wild birds migrating from Europe to Africa have spread the virus to Israeli poultry.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Global - Bird Flu News African Poultry Wrap: Zambian Supplies Firm as West Africa Suffers Bird Flu Woes
AFRICA - Despite problems with weather patterns, rising imports and disease outbreaks, prices and supplies of poultry products in leading Southern African markets continue to firm up, while chicken production in West Africa could be affected by shortages of layer pullets in an industry hard hit by outbreaks of bird flu this year. Tawanda Korombo reports.
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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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