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Thai exporters and government officials were not surprised by the EU's announcement that it has extended the ban on fresh chicken exports from Thailand and seven other countries in Asia until the end of September this year, reports the Bangkok Post. They admitted that several provinces affected by bird flu in the central area of the country including Phichit, Suphan Buri, Uthai Thani and Phitsanulok had yet to pass the 21-day surveillance period.

Thai health workers have been put on alert and ordered to conduct stringent surveillance measures to combat Avian Ifluenza, but it is Vietnam that has emerged as the epicenter for the deadly H5N1 virus, according to CNN.
     The Agriculture Ministry said bird flu had spread to ducks and chickens in the Ninh Thuan and Quang Nam provinces in Vietnam's central region and report that some 234,000 chickens, ducks and birds have died or have been slaughtered because of the virus since the beginning of the year.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister has instructed all provincial and city People's Committees and relevant ministries to mobilise all resources and take drastic measures to isolate and extinguish outbreaks of avian flu at the first signs, reports the Vietnam News Agency. They say that control over poultry transporting and slaughtering must be tightened and illegal importing stopped.

A heron found dead near Hong Kong's border with mainland China was carrying a bird flu virus, but further tests are needed to determine if it is the H5N1 strain, health officials said on Wednesday. The government would inspect all poultry farms within three miles of where the bird was found as a precaution, Reuters said.

Brazilian chicken meat exports to the Arab countries are expected to go on rising in 2005. Last year, the Middle East remained as the main market in terms of volume, with 750,000 tons, an increase of 22% when compared to 2003. "It is a very important market for Brazil, surpassed only in terms of revenues by Asia," stated Julio Cardoso, president of the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef).

The increasingly global nature of agriculture is placing huge pressure on the UK's intensive poultry and pig sectors, resulting in a significant rise in the level of imports, according to The Herald. The pressures on the poultry sector are well illustrated by the Scottish Executive's June 2004 census, which reveals that the number of broilers declined by 11.5% on the previous year to 9.4 million birds, almost two million fewer than in 2001.

The EC has decided to send Denmark a final written warning that it is infringing the IPPC Directive, aimed at regulating agricultural installations with a high pollution potential, as Denmarks legislation could lead to some pig or poultry installations not being covered even though they fall under the directive. If it does not receive a satisfactory response the Commission may decide to take the case to the European Court.

In Russia, the government has approved the quotas for pork, beef, poultry meat imports in 2005. Under it, this year Russia can import 1,050,000 tonnes; 771.900 tonnes from the United States; 205,000 tonnes from the European Union; 5,000 tonnes from Paraguay; and 68,100 tonnes from other countries, reports Novosti.

In the US, the fresh chicken you buy at the meat counter isn't always just chicken, reports The Seattle Times. Some fresh chicken is "enhanced" as it's called, with a solution of water, salt, sodium phosphate and sometimes other ingredients injected or otherwise added during processing for moistness and flavor. Now, a trade association of chicken processors has launched a campaign targeting the practice and calling for more prominent labeling.

Finding how the fowl-borne bacteria Campylobacter jejuni makes at least a million Americans miserable for a week each year is on the plates of two Medical College of Georgia microbiologists. Raw and undercooked poultry and meat are a couple of the main sources for Campylobacter, according the U.S. Public Health Service.
     But finding how these bacteria, that happily co-exist with chickens and turkeys, make people sick should provide direction on how to stop them, say Drs. Stuart A. Thompson and Christopher M. Burns.
     The Drs. hope their studies will help identify targets for better treatments for the disease and ultimately a vaccine to prevent it.

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We have 3 highlighted features this week, with a focus on Avian Influenza vaccination.

Vaccination as Part of an Avian Influenza Control Strategy
By J.H. Breytenbach, Intervet International b.v. - Avian influenza is a disease capable of causing extremely high mortality amongst infected poultry. Influenza viruses have a worldwide distribution and although not endemic in commercial poultry sporadic outbreaks do occur.

The use of vaccination as an option for the control of Avian Influenza
By Ilaria Capua and Stefano Marangon for the Office International des Epizooties - Recent epizootics of highly contagious OIE List A diseases, such as foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever and avian influenza (AI), led to the implementation of stamping-out policies resulting in the depopulation of millions of animals.

Beef, Pork, and Poultry Industry Coordination
By the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service - Vertical coordination is the process of organizing, synchronizing, or orchestrating the flow of products from producers to consumers and the reverse flow of information from consumers to producers. At one end of the vertical coordination continuum, is an open market system where all coordination is accomplished by market prices.

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