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Friday, October 20, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News Almost 2/3 of Western Cape's Egg Layers Culled, Govt Reports
SOUTH AFRICA - Close to two thirds of the Western Cape egg-laying hens have been culled as cases of bird flu continue to increase, the Western Cape's Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said on Friday.
IOL
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News SA Govt Affirms Support for Poultry Industry
SOUTH AFRICA - The South African government has affirmed its support for the domestic poultry industry in the aftermath of the bird flu outbreak.
Bizcommunity
Thursday, August 31, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News South Africa's Poultry Industry is Hurting as Avian Flu Worsens
SOUTH AFRICA - The outbreak of avian influenza in the Western Cape has led to the culling of more than 300 000 chickens in the past two months.
IOL
Monday, August 28, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza Detected on Cape Poultry Farm
SOUTH AFRICA - The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer poultry farm.
AllAfrica
Monday, August 07, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News Chicken Prices May Rise as Avian Flu Spreads
SOUTH AFRICA - Poultry producers on the JSE have proven to be resilient in the midst of the avian influenza outbreak, but experts warned that if the disease continued to spread South Africans could expect shortages of chicken and prices to rise.
BusinessReport
Thursday, July 13, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News SA Poultry Industry at Risk if Bird Flu Not Contained
SOUTH AFRICA - The recent cases of bird flu outbreak are a first for the South African poultry industry. Unfortunately, it happens at a time when the industry is gearing up for increased production and exports after periods of drought and subsequent high poultry feed prices resulted in a shortfall. As a result of the outbreak, exports will now be negatively impacted as neighboring countries have imposed import bans.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, June 30, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News Poultry Sales in SA 'Not Affected by Outbreak'
SOUTH AFRICA - There has been no negative reaction in the local market to the recent outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu, the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) said on Thursday.
BusinessDay
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News Live Chickens Still on Sale Despite Bird Flu Ban
SOUTH AFRICA - It was business as usual for chicken traders opposite the busy Pan Africa mall in Alexandra‚ in northern Johannesburg‚ on Tuesday - despite the national ban on the sale of live chickens announced by government on Monday.
Times Live
Friday, June 23, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News OIE Reports H5N8 Outbreak in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA - The South African veterinary authorities have report an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at a commercial broiler breeder farm in Mpumalanga.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, June 09, 2017
South Africa - Bird Flu News SA Bans Poultry, Egg Imports from Zimbabwe
SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has halted poultry imports from Zimbabwe after a recent outbreak of highly contagious avian influenza at a farm in the neighbouring country, the government said Thursday.
Enca.com
Thursday, October 27, 2016
South Africa - Bird Flu News More Low Path Bird Flu Found in South African Ostriches
SOUTH AFRICA - The latest in a series of low pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in South African ostriches has caused 278 cases out of a susceptible flock of 1790.
ThePoultrySite
Thursday, September 29, 2016
South Africa - Bird Flu News Low Path Bird Flu Back Again in South Africa's Ostrich Sector
SOUTH AFRICA - Another outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza has affected a commercial ostrich farm in South Africa's Western Cape province.
ThePoultrySite
Friday, September 09, 2016
South Africa - Bird Flu News Further Low Path Bird Flu Found in South African Ostriches
SOUTH AFRICA - A commercial ostrich farm in South Africa has been hit by low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza.
ThePoultrySite
Monday, August 08, 2016
South Africa - Bird Flu News More Low Path Bird Flu in South African Ostriches
SOUTH AFRICA - Two more outbreaks of low pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.
ThePoultrySite
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
South Africa - Bird Flu News Low Path Avian Flu Hits South Africa Again
SOUTH AFRICA - Two outbreaks of low pathogenic avian influenza hit South African poultry farms last week.
ThePoultrySite
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
South Africa - Bird Flu News Low Path Avian Flu Found in More South African Ostriches
SOUTH AFRICA - There have been three outbreaks of low pathogenic avian influenza in South African ostriches.
ThePoultrySite
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
South Africa - Bird Flu News US, South Africa Sign Poultry Veterinary Agreement
SOUTH AFRICA - A trade protocol for poultry meat and day-old-chicks has been signed by South African and US Veterinarians, the South African trade authorities have announced.
ThePoultrySite
Friday, November 13, 2015
South Africa - Bird Flu News More Low-Path Avian Flu in South African Ostriches
SOUTH AFRICA - A H7 serotype of low pathogenic avian influenza has infected 12 ostriches on a commercial ostrich farm.
ThePoultrySite
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
South Africa - Bird Flu News Low Path Avian Flu Outbreaks Continue in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA - There have been another 11 outbreaks of low pathogenic avian flu on South African ostrich farms.
ThePoultrySite
Friday, October 23, 2015
South Africa - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Still Spreading in Vietnamese Backyard Poultry
VIET NAM - Two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been reported in Vietnamese backyard birds.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
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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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