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ThePoultrySite Newsletter - 22nd May 2006

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This week we start in Romania, where laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of bird flu in the capital for the first time since it was detected in poultry in the Danube delta last October, officials said on Sunday.
     Romania has reported more than 20 bird flu outbreaks over the past week, mostly in the central county of Brasov, just a month after the strain was said to have been eradicated in the Black Sea state.

Bird flu has killed 64% of those people known to be infected with the virus this year, according to WHO statistics, with the number of fatalities since Jan. 1 surpassing 2005 levels. At least 47 of 73 people known to be infected with the H5N1 strain of avian influenza are reported to have died in the first five months of this year, the WHO said.

The fight against the bird flu virus should focus on preventing infection in animals to prevent transmission of the disease to humans, a senior FAO official said on Thursday. "We agree with precautionary measures, but the strategy should focus on stopping avian influenza at the level of poultry and birds," he said.

Although agricultural growth in Asia is more pro-poor than growth in all the other sectors, with 35% of the world's undernourished population residing in South Asia, the prevalence of underweight, stunting and wasting is higher in this region than anywhere else in the world, FAO said today.
     The developing countries of Asia now have the world's highest growth rates for the production and consumption of food derived from livestock.

Indonesia will be transparent if human-to-human transmission of bird flu does occur, a senior health official said on Thursday, a day after five members of a family were confirmed infected with the H5N1 avian flu virus. Concern has been growing after six members of the North Sumatran family died.

In Laos, the H5N1 bird flu strain has been found in a duck, but there is no sign that the virus is spreading, FAO said on Wednesday. The isolated case in a backyard farm 20 km south of Vientiane is the first since the Southeast Asian nation reported an outbreak among poultry in early 2004.

Djibouti, which has confirmed the first human bird flu case in sub-Saharan Africa, has halted slaughtering poultry after residents refused to cooperate unless they received immediate compensation, an official said.
     Vets slaughtered 26 chickens this week in the village of Bahour, the area near the Somali border where a two-year old girl tested positive for the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus.

Egypt's quick response to bird flu shows that even less-developed countries can cope with limited outbreaks if they follow guidelines, the UN chief bird flu expert says. Although health experts had worried that Egypt could be hit hard by avian influenza because of its backyard flocks and widespread poverty, the North African country coped well with its outbreak, Dr. David Nabarro said.

In Nigeria, symptoms of bird flu have been detected on a farm near the city of Kano, a month after the area was declared clear of the virus, an official said. The head of Kano State committee on the control of avian flu, said symptoms of the deadly strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus were found among poultry on a farm in Kakara village.

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In South Africa, a unique disinfectant, which is highly effective in the treatment of diseases in poultry, has been developed by Robert Bragg, a professor at the University of the Free State, according to SABC News. The disinfectant controls the spread of bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Denmark has halted exports of poultry from Funen after birds on a smallholding farm on the Danish island tested positive for the H5 strain of avian flu, the Danish Ministry of Consumer Affairs said on Thursday.
     The ministry said the outbreak may also force Denmark to halt all its poultry exports, not just those from the island. This is Denmark's first case of H5 bird flu in domestic birds, however the H5N1 strain has already been found in several wild birds.

EU governments should each appoint a "bird flu czar" to make sure they could cope with a flu pandemic and put preparations on a par with countries like the United States, a top EU official said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Swiss drug firm Roche said on Tuesday it had reached a deal with Africa's top generic drugs firm Aspen Pharmacare to produce a generic version of flu treatment oseltamivir, also known as Tamiflu.

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In the UK, government scientists found evidence of bird flu in poultry in October but did not report their concerns to the public, the Guardian reports.
     The scientists placed movement restrictions on a bird rescue centre in south-west England after finding evidence that 13 free-range geese had been exposed to an H5 virus, one of two types of virus most likely to become deadly to birds and a group known to be a health risk to people.

Fierce competition from European imports has forced the Grampian Country Food to make major redundancies at two of its poultry processing plants. Alasdair Cox, Grampian corporate communications controller, blamed the redundancies on “poor trading conditions”, a knock on effect from avian flu in Europe.

Applications for the Organic Entry Level Stewardship agreements have reached the landmark 1,000 mark, reports Defra. 30% of the land currently entered into OELS are currently undergoing conversion, which represents a welcome addition to the area of land which is being managed organically in England.

Discussions on new environmental legislation and Avian Influenza attracted a wide audience of producers at this year’s British Pig and Poultry Fair, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Defra Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds emphasized the need for the industry to be prompt with its information, consistent and transparent.
     Supporting this view, Charles Bourns said that the poultry industry had to be different in this respect from other livestock sectors affected by disease.

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In the US, attorneys for poultry farmers and area poultry companies continued efforts in federal court Wednesday to block or limit Oklahoma's testing of more than 20 fields in the northeastern part of the state.
     Ground monitoring wells with concrete pads will not be placed on the farms the state wants to test for pollution from poultry litter, said Louis Bullock, an attorney representing the state.

While some organic-food fans welcome its broadening appeal and availability, others worry that the entry of corporate behemoths into the organic-food market will weaken standards or squeeze out small farmers, according to csmonitor.
     Meanwhile, consumers scanning the aisles face a jumble of labels and claims - cage-free, natural, free-range, organic - with little to indicate how well those claims match reality, they say.
Plans for Canada's Inter-agency Wild Bird Influenza Survey 2006 were announced last week by representatives of Environment Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre. The survey will provide an early warning for the possible entry of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) into Canada.

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*This Week's Feature Articles

We have 3 new features this week

US Poultry Outlook Report - May 2006
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the May 2006: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data.
Can Eggshell Quality be Determined by Shell Color?
Published by Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development - Throughout the world, preference for a shell color in table eggs has differed and is based mainly on the visual appeal of the egg. For example, in North America the preference is for white-shelled eggs while in Asia the preference is for brown-shelled eggs. Shell color has very little to do with the nutritional value of a table egg.
Colibacillosis: The imbalance between chicken and bacterium
By Hybro veterinary department - The bacterium Escherichia Coli is present in the gut of every chicken but also in the gut of mammals including humans. The bacterium forms part of the normal intestinal flora that is necessary for the normal functioning of the digestive tract.

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