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This week we start in South Africa, where the mass culling of thousands of ostriches and chickens was been finalised in the Eastern Cape. Segoati Mahlangu for the agriculture department said 13,000 ostriches with a fatal form of bird flu were culled on five farms during the past two weeks.
     Meanwhile, tests for bird flu on ostriches across the quarantine zone have been completed and indicate the disease has been contained, the agriculture department reported. Blood tests were conducted on every flock on 31 farms within a 30km radius of the farms near Middleton where the disease was first detected in late July.

In Vietnam, authorities have culled 242 ducks taken from a busy Hanoi market that were suspected of carrying the deadly bird flu virus, reports According to Nguyen Thi Uyen from Long Bien market management's board's director, the sick ducks were discovered on Friday as a truck brought them to the market. The ducks were from Ha Tay, 11 kilometres west of Hanoi, where two children were confirmed to have died from H5N1 earlier this month.
See also: 2 more suspected bird flu cases in humans

Singapore officials said Monday the country is free from a dangerous strain of bird flu that has spread across Asia and plans to conduct a simulation exercise. Chua Sin Bin, chief veterinary officer, said the simulation exercise will test the ability of officials to respond to a situation where the flu strain is found in imported poultry.

Singapore's ban on egg and poultry imports from Malaysia could be lifted around Sept 12, if no new cases of bird flu turn up across the Causeway reports The Straits. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority gave this assessment after talks with its Malaysian counterparts on Thursday. Daily imports of 120,000 chickens, 20,000 ducks and two million eggs from Malaysia were halted on Aug 18 following the bird flu outbreak in a farm in Kelantan, near the Thai border.

Malaysia's Veterinary Services Department confirmed Sunday that all local chickens, ducks and eggs are safe for consumption as no new case of bird flu has been detected in the country, according to Xinhuanet. The department said monitoring and inspection on poultry and pet birds nationwide would be continued.

Indonesia has also banned imports of chicken from Malaysia after the neighbouring country announced an outbreak of bird flu, reports last friday. The agriculture ministry issued a circular urging firms not to import chicken meat, chicks, eggs or chicken feathers from Malaysia. Malaysia announced last week that it had detected the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza in a village in Kelantan state.

Indonesian poultry farmers, following the bird flu outbreak, are facing another mysterious disease that has killed thousands of chickens in the past few days reports The Straits. Apart from the deaths, which have caused heavy losses, farmers say the problem has been aggravated by the fact that the surviving chickens are not breeding. And the disease is spreading rapidly. Sick chickens first salivate and show symptoms of diarrhea, then die within hours, farmers said.

World health officials who only a few months ago were confident of controlling the fatal form of bird flu that keeps popping up in Asia are now less certain that they will be able to do so, says the Environmental News Network. The virus, which has killed 27 people in Asia this year, is spreading too far and too fast to be easily contained, and adequate networks to watch for infectious diseases are not yet in place. "As it looks now, it is endemic," said influenza expert Klaus Stohr of the WHO. "In February, March we didn't know that Indonesia had already been affected for several months."

In Australia, CSIRO Livestock Industries has developed an experimental vaccine to protect chickens from the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza. Testing of the vaccine will now commence at CSIRO Livestock Industries' high biosecurity laboratories at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria. Once developed, the vaccine could be used to protect the world's poultry industry from further outbreaks and potential spread to Australia, Europe and the US.

New Zealand poultry farmers have shipped 40,000 eggs to Singapore as prices there soar in the wake of a ban on imports from Malaysia. The asking price for 10 fresh eggs in Singapore has jumped by nearly 50% to 2.20 Singapore dollars ($NZ1.97). Now, Singapore egg producers are talking about pushing the price up to four Singapore dollars a carton. Before the ban, Singapore imported two million eggs, or two-thirds of its supply, from Malaysia every day.

In Iowa, the financial stability of its poultry hatcheries improved Tuesday as Northwest Airlines announced it will ease temperature restrictions when it comes to shipping baby chicks. Hatchery owners claimed that airlines weren't shipping chicks, due to a misinterpretation of the Animal Welfare Act. Airlines were refusing to ship day-old chicks if the temperature on the airport tarmac was hotter than 85 degrees - the same requirement for dogs and cats - even though poultry is exempt from the AWA. For the first week of life, chicks are kept in temperatures between 95 to 100 degrees to survive.

In Sweden, about 47,000 chickens were destroyed at a farm in the south on Wednesday. Routine tests had found that at least one of the birds had salmonella, a bacteria that can cause illness in humans who consume the infected poultry. It's the first case of salmonella bacteria found in Swedish poultry this year, and only the third case since 1999, said Pia Gustafsson, a veterinarian with the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

* 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 2 new features this week

Poultry Outlook Report - August 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the August 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. The report indicates that Broiler meat production is up slightly whilst turkey production falls.

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - August 2004
By Defra - This monthly publication combines information from the UK Hatcheries Survey and Poultry Slaughterhouse Survey results together with other Defra statistics, and trade data, pulling all ‘official’ poultry statistics in one publication.

That's all for this week.

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