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This week we start in South Africa where the government has ordered the slaughter of 30,000 ostriches in an effort to contain an outbreak of bird flu in the south of the country. Scientists say the ostriches were infected with a strain of the disease related to the epidemic that hit East Asia earlier this year.
    The announcement was made after the death of around 2,000 birds in Eastern Cape province. They have also suspended exports of ostrich meat and other poultry. They said they had done this as a gesture of goodwill towards the international community.
     Friday's decision to halt poultry exports following the outbreak could have a severe impact on this export-reliant industry. Anton Kruger, the manager of the SA Ostrich Business Chamber, said it was difficult to determine the monetary impact of the ban, as it all depended on how long the export market remained closed.

In the Philippines, the quarantine order on a duck farm in Kampar, Perak, has not been lifted although no signs of avian influenza were found following tests by the Veterinary Services Department. An Agriculture Ministry spokesman said that the farm had to be quarantined for a few days more because the authorities were now investigating how some ducks contracted the disease.

In Vietnam, a Month of Action for Bird Flu Prevention from August 9-September 8 was launched in Ha Noi on Friday. The programme aims to raise the responsibility of people nationwide in preventing bird flu form reoccurring and to ask localities nationwide to take drastic measures to stamp out the disease.

In Thailand, the Livestock Development Department has removed 11 areas from the country’s list of zones affected by bird flu. The department said it was confident the outbreaks of avian influenza in various provinces across the country were under control. “We should be able to declare our country free of bird flu very soon,” said the department’s director general Yukol Limlamthong.

The Thai Deputy Prime Minister has ordered related ministries to urgently revive the country's poultry industry hit by bird flu outbreak. At a weekly meeting of the national committee on bird flu eradication, he said the country's poultry export had already plunged by 62% due to the two bird flu outbreaks in the past seven months. It is expected that poultry export in Thailand will plummet by 70% for the whole year.

Japan has suspended poultry imports from Malaysia after Singapore found a suspected case of avian influenza in live ducks shipped from Malaysia this week, the Japanese Farm Ministry said. Malaysia said it had found no traces of infection among its ducks and the ban was unfair as it also hit exports of chickens where there had been no suspected cases.

In India, more than 6 months after the occurence of highly pathogenic avian influenza, the government’s blanket ban on the import of chick breeding stock, live vaccines and pet foods containing related ingredients continues, and this could attract retaliatory action under the WTO on export of agri products.

In the US, Hopkins County is officially "free" from bird flu, according to Dr. Max Coats of the Texas Animal Health Commission. Results from the last flocks checked in the final round of testing came in last Friday. With no other cases detected, the state and federal testing operation in Hopkins County ended, which also officially ends the latest detected case of AI in the US.

Despite pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the West Virginia prosecutor investigating alleged abuse of chickens at a Pilgrim's Pride plant said he's not convinced the workers in question can be accused of torture. Last month PETA released a videotape depicting employees at Pilgrim's Pride's West Virginia facility stomping on chickens and throwing them against walls.

In the UK, one in four samples of meat and poultry products contain unacceptably high levels of bacteria, a study by the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health has found. SCIEH environmental health consultant Rod House said: "These bacteria will not necessarily cause ill health but environmental health officers will have taken the matter up with individual producers."

UK farmers should be sheltered from most trade reforms recently pencilled in by World Trade Organisation delegates in Geneva, reports FWi. Recent CAP reform is likely to satisfy most requirements drawn up in the meeting, the latest in the ongoing Doha Development Round set up in 2001 to liberalise global trade. Further measures in the Brussels pipeline should buy time for targets yet to be met.

In Sweden, further information about an outbreak of Newcastle Disease has emerged. The Chief Veterinary Officer said "Based on the epidemiological investigations carried out, there is still no reason to believe that the virus has spread from the two affected holdings. Dr Denneberg said that the source of infection for the first affected farm was still unknown.

In New Zealand, a Food Safety Authority audit has found that no effective controls exist to rein in the widespread and indiscriminate feeding of antibiotics in the pork and poultry industries, reports "The report's conclusions are a huge concern," said Ms Kedgley, the Green Party's Food Safety spokesperson.

In Australia, animal biopharmaceuticals developer Imugene says recently completed CSIRO trials of its drug to increase chicken growth have shown birds gaining at least 7% in weight. Imugene's drug boosts a natural component of a chicken's immune system, which increases resistance to bacteria and viruses. None of the birds on which the Imugene product was used died compared to three birds in control groups.

* Feature Articles Overview (link to features listings)

In this regular newsletter section we aim to provide a brief overview of the new Feature articles that have been added to the site over the past week.

We have one new feature this week

The Only Good Broiler Breeder Egg Is a Fertilized Egg
By Dr. Chris McDaniel, Associate Professor, Poultry Science Department, Mississippi State University - The main goal of broiler breeder management is producing eggs. However, the only good broiler breeder egg is a fertilized egg. Fertility, the percentage of eggs laid that are fertilized, is very important in poultry production. If an egg is not fertilized, then, of course, it will not contain an embryo and will not hatch. Simply put, "Hatchability can never be better than fertility."

That's all for this week.

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