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We start this week in Indonesia, where Channel News Asia reports hundreds of chickens have died of a the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. An official said lab tests showed that 350 chickens at a farm on the central island of Java have died of the H5N1 virus, which has killed at least 30 people in Southeast Asia this year. There was no immediate confirmation from officials.

Thousands of Thailand's poultry farmers will probably go out of business because they cannot afford to implement government plans to overhaul farming methods to stamp out deadly bird flu, reports Hindustan Times.
     The government wants farmers to build better-sealed coops requiring costly ventilation systems to help prevent migrating wildfowl, widely blamed for the epidemic, from infecting chickens.

Bird flu spread further in Thailand on Friday, with the government confirming four new outbreaks of the deadly disease, including one near the border with Malaysia.
     The H5N1 bird flu virus was found in chicken and ducks in the northeastern provinces of Roi Et and Chaiyaphum, the northern province of Uttaradit and in Yala province bordering northern Malaysia, reports Reuters.

Millions of volunteers led by emergency teams fanned out across Thailand on Thursday in a new drive to fight bird flu after the prime minister gave officials 30 days to eradicate the epidemic.
     Agriculture Minister Somsak Thepsutin said Thailand's offensive against the disease "begins from this minute," while international health experts warned that hopes to stamp out the disease in one month were unrealistic.

In Malaysia, authorities from the northern Kelantan state said they were having trouble rounding up chickens for culling at farms where the birds often are allowed to roam free. Malaysia escaped the first wave of the bird flu crisis early this year but reported an outbreak last month.

Singapore will partially end a ban on imports of poultry products from Malaysia from Thursday as the outbreak of bird flu near the northern Thai-Malaysia border appeared contained, the government said.

China ordered improved poultry disinfection measures last Thursday under a bird flu alert. Officials are concerned about the risk of the disease entering China during the autumn and winter wildfowl migration season.
     China has not reported any new cases of bird flu since an outbreak in July in the eastern province of Anhui.

The Philippines is still free of bird flu, despite reports of possible cases near the Spratly islands, in the northwest of the country, according to a senior official with the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday. In a statement, director at the Bureau of Animal Industry, said there is no way that avian influenza has affected the Spratlys, since there is very little poultry or human inhabitants there, reports eFeedLink.

In British Columbia, Turkey producers were angry last Wednesday after Agriculture Minister John van Dongen said there will be a shortage of B.C.-raised turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner next month. The industry is making a remarkable recovery after culling millions of birds due to Avian flu, but it will have to import turkeys from other parts of Canada to meet British Columbia's Thanksgiving dinner demand, the minister said.

In the US, Agricultural Research Service scientists have decoded the sequence of all of the genes in a specially selected C. jejuni strain to foil Campylobacter infections. Investigations of these C. jejuni genes may lead to the discovery of faster, more reliable ways to detect the microbe in samples from food, animals, humans and water. The research represents the first time that a C. jejuni strain from a farm animal--in this case, a market chicken--has been sequenced.

Wendy Powers from Iowa State University is the lead researcher in a new project which is aiming to discover whether changes in diet can effectively reduce gas emissions from animals in livestock facilities. Results of the work could lead to new dietary recommendations for livestock producers that will improve air quality both inside and outside of production buildings.

Livestock farms put out ammonia and hydrogen sulfide emissions, and a court decision could force them to start disclosing those emissions - unless Congress intervenes. An Idaho senator is proposing legislation to exempt farms from the reporting laws, reports the Des Moines Register.

In the UK, a portable mini lab that can test for human and animal diseases could save lives and time, say its makers. Developed by the Ministry of Defence's research arm, the system was originally designed to search for biological warfare agents on the battlefield.
     Researchers behind the mini lab say it has much wider and more practical uses, such as while-you-wait testing at GP surgeries, food contamination spotting and animal disease detection. The mini lab could also be used in the food industry to test for contamination such as Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli, according to the BBC.

* 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 4 new features this week

Poultry Biosecurity Overview
By the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Northern Ireland - This article advises poultry keepers on the need for maintaining high levels of biosecurity and hygiene on their farms.

What Is Biosecurity?
By The University of Maryland - Emergency and common diseases are produced by microbes or germs that are invisible except when viewed under a modern microscope.

UK Poultry and Poultrymeat Statistics - Sept. 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.

U.S. Poultry Outlook Report - September 2004
By U.S.D.A., Economic Research Service - This article is an extract from the September 2004: Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook Report, highlighting Global Poultry Industry data. The report indicates that Broiler meat production is up slightly but growth in chick placements is expected to slow.

That's all for this week.

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