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Thursday 25th June 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

Alice Mitchell
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Novel Avian Influenza Virus Discovered in China

This week, Chinese researchers announced that they had found a novel type of avian flu in samples from a live bird market.

The scientists took samples in 2013 from seven chickens, a quail, and a duck at two live-bird markets in Hangzhou, a city in Zhejiang province, which were linked to outbreaks of human H7N9 cases. Their report does not say that any of the birds were displaying symptoms of avian flu.

The novel H5N9 virus they found is a hybrid of various other avian influenza viruses.

Using genetic sequencing, the researchers discovered that the novel virus received a highly pathogenic H5 gene from the H5N1 avian flu virus and an N9 gene from a human-infecting H7N9 virus, along with other elements.

However, the virus only caused low mortality rates when tested on mice. Some mice exposed to the highest doses died, but mice receiving lower doses did not suffer from the disease. They also found that the virus didn't spread from infected mice to others placed with them.

The team determined that the novel H5N9 virus prefers avian-type cell receptors, rather than the human-type receptor, which may explain why the virus caused low mortality in mice - read more.

In other avian influenza news, no new outbreaks of the disease have been reported in the US this week.

However, the H5N1 type of the disease has continued to affect African countries, with 30 new outbreaks announced in Nigeria, and five more outbreaks found in Ghana

Ghana's Northern Regional Veterinary Officer has called on the media to help create public awareness of the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in certain areas of the country, reported Modern Ghana.

Dr Mathias Kojo Ayensu advised farmers to report all flu symptoms in birds to the veterinary service, adding that the government has a package for farmers affected by the disease.

"The low virulent form might lead to ruffled feathers, soft shelled eggs and a drop in egg production," he said - read more.

Other countries reporting outbreaks of avian flu this week were Israel, China and Taiwan.

~ Alice




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This Week's Articles and Analysis

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Managing Fly Infestations in Poultry and Pig Production
Did you know that fly infestations in pig and poultry buildings could be costing livestock farmers 10 per cent in lost growth rates and egg production? That could equate to over €10 (£8.50) per pig in extra feed requirement.

UK Avian Disease Emerging Threats Report: January-March 2015
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Ceva’s New Generation Vectormune®AI Vaccine Proves to be a Useful Tool to Control HPAI
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Global Poultry Industry News

   Global

New RSPCA Assured Food Label Enters the Market
Report Shows Implications of Climate Change for Food Industry
African Poultry Wrap: Trade Restrictions Disputed; Kenyan Women Supported
FAO Family Farming Platform to Help Food Security
Astral Foods Poultry Profits Boosted in Africa
Call for More Action on Global Food Security to Beat Hunger
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   Brazil

Chinese Inspectors Begin Visits to Brazilian Slaughterhouses
JBS Buys UK Poultry Processor Moy Park from Marfrig

   United Kingdom

Global Alliance Conference to Bring Together Avian Disease Researchers
How to Replace, Reduce and Refine Antibiotics On Farm
UK Research into Improving Animal Health Announced
Single Issue Policy Making Threatening UK Farming Potential
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UK Refuses to Introduce New EU Animal Health Law

   Zambia

Zambia's Poultry Industry Grew in 2014

   Ghana

Ghanaian Media Asked to Spread Awareness of Avian Flu
Five More Avian Flu Outbreaks Found in Ghana

   United States

CME: Cold Storage Inventories Up on the Year
US Poultry Processor Facing Fines Over Unsafe Working Environment
New Trans Fats Ban Will Not Apply to Animal Food
Foster Farms Responds to Animal Welfare Allegations

   Mexico

America Backs Mexican Meat Quality, Safety

   Nigeria

30 New Avian Flu Outbreaks Reported in Nigeria

   China

Novel Avian Flu Virus Discovered in China
New Avian Flu Outbreaks Reported in China

   Israel

Further Avian Flu Reported in Israel

   India

India to Ask for 15 Months to Implement WTO Poultry Ruling

   Pakistan

Pakistan Withdraws Sales Tax Proposal for Poultry Feed

   Finland

Further Mycoplasma Outbreaks in Finland

   Australia

China-Australia Free Trade Agreement to Benefit Farmers

   Taiwan

Two New Avian Flu Outbreaks in Taiwan

   European Union

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