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Friday, January 05, 2018
India - Bird Flu News Chicken, Egg Sales Dip Due to Bird Flu Scare
INDIA - The bird flu scare that's gripping the city following the death of eight chickens due to avian flu has affected sale of chicken meat. Over the last three days, the city has seen a 20-25% dip in sales of chicken meat and eggs, said Dr B G Puttanna, head of the technical committee in Karnataka Poultry Framers' and Breeders' Association (KPFBA).
The Times of India
Thursday, January 04, 2018
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Netherlands Chicken, Egg Imports Latest to be Banned by UAE
UAE - The UAE has banned the import of chicken and eggs from the Netherlands following an alert from the World Organisation for Animal Health on a highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain.
The National
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Saudi Arabia Bans Transport of Live Poultry
SAUDI ARABIA - Health authorities in Saudi Arabia have banned the transfer of live birds inside the country, after a fresh outbreak of bird flu in the kingdom on Saturday, the official Saudi news agency SPA said.
Arabian Business
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Korea, South - Bird Flu News High-path H5N6 Bird Flu Detected at South Jeolla Province Poultry Farms
SOUTH KOREA - Dr Oh Soon-Min, Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Animal Health Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture has reported two outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza at two farms located in South Jeolla Province.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News OIE Reports Three More HPAI Outbreaks in Riyadh
SAUDI ARABIA - Dr Ali Al Doweriej, Director General of Veterinary Health and Monitoring Department, has reported three further outbreaks of high-path H5N8 bird flu, all in Riyadh.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
India - Bird Flu News Bengaluru: Dead Chicken Tests Positive for Bird Flu
INDIA - One case of H5N1 Avian Influenza (bird flu) was detected in chicken at a poultry shop in Dasarahalli on Kempapura Main Road. The shop has been shut since December 30. Poultry shops in a 1-km radius of that shop too have been shut down by the health department.
The New Indian Express
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Imports Blocked Following Bird Flu Outbreak in Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has blocked all poultry imports from Saudi Arabia following an outbreak of bird flu in its capital Riyadh, reports Chris McCullough.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Iran - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Epidemic Forces Cull of 17m Chickens
IRAN - Around 17 million chickens have been culled in Iran so far, due to the recent outbreak of aviation flu, the chairman of the board of directors at Tehran’s Union of Producers of Egg-Laying Chicken said.
Financial Tribune
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News Highly Contagious Virus Prompts UAE to Ban Chicken Eggs and Meat from Russia
UAE - The UAE banned live birds from the central region of Kostromskaya Oblast in Russia following an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N2 bird flu strain, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) said on Tuesday.
The National
Russian Federation - Bird Flu News OIE Reports Highly Pathogenic H5N2 Bird Flu Outbreak in Kostroma Oblast
RUSSIA - On 29 December 2017, Dr Evgeny Nepoklonov, Vice-minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, sent the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) a report, notifying them of an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Bahrain - Bird Flu News Poultry Imports from Saudi Banned in Bahrain
BAHRAIN - The Kingdom has banned poultry imports from Saudi Arabia amid a reported bird flu outbreak there in the past week.
DT News
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
United Arab Emirates - Bird Flu News UAE Bans Poultry Imports from Saudi Arabia Following H5N8 Bird Flu Outbreak
UAE - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced Sunday a ban on poultry imports from Saudi Arabia following a reported outbreak of a bird flu in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Iran - Bird Flu News Govt Allocates $24m as Compensation for Chicken Farmers
IRAN - The government has allocated 1 trillion rials ($24 million) as compensation to chicken farmers for the massive losses caused by the recent outbreak of avian flu across the country, Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said on Tuesday.
Financial Tribune
Taiwan - Bird Flu News Taiwan Reports Low-Path H5N6 Bird Flu
TAIWAN - Dr Tai-Hwa Shih, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in Taipei, has reported two outbreaks of the H5N6 strain of low pathogenic avian influenza at two farms located in Zhushan, a township in Taiwan.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Saudi Arabia - Bird Flu News Saudi Arabia Lifts Import Ban on Poultry, Eggs from Four Countries
SAUDI ARABIA - The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has lifted a temporary ban on importing poultry and eggs from four countries due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Netherlands - Bird Flu News OIE Reports HPAI Outbreak in Netherlands
NETHERLANDS - Dr Christianne Bruschke, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a farm in Flevoland.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Korea, South - Bird Flu News S. Korea Bans Poultry Imports from Netherlands
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea will ban imports of poultry from the Netherlands, as the European country has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday.
Yonhap News Agency
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
China - Bird Flu News H7N9 Case Reported in Southwest China
CHINA - Southwest China's Yunnan province reported a human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus, local health authorities said Monday.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Hong Kong - Bird Flu News HK Suspends Poultry Meat Imports from Parts of Korea
HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety (CFS) suspended importing poultry meat and products with immediate effect from Jeollabuk-do Province, Gyeongsangnam-do Province and Daegu Metropolitan City in South Korea, it said here on Tuesday.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Monday, November 20, 2017
Korea, South - Bird Flu News SK to Disinfect All Poultry Farms, Vehicles Following Bird Flu Outbreak
SOUTH KOREA - South Korea will disinfect all poultry farms and vehicles across the country following its first avian influenza outbreak this winter, the government said Monday.
The Korea Herald
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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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