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Thursday 30th July 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

Alice Mitchell

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US Officials Discuss Management of Future Avian Flu Outbreaks

This week, agriculture officials met in Iowa for a summit on the effects of the recent highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks across the US.

Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack discussed the resources used in responding to the outbreaks and how these efforts could be improved in future, especially in the event of a possible re-emergence of the virus in the autumn.

He told the summit that the USDA had had to source 3000 extra personnel to work on the clean-up operation, and that it expects to spend in excess of $700 million in total on the response. About $190 million of this will be made up of indemnification payments compensating the industry for lost birds.

Mr Vilsack put forward some ideas for improving communication and planning for any potential future outbreak, as well as a suggestion that there should be a disaster plan for the poultry industry, possibly involving an insurance plan.

In addition, he said that the USDA is looking at the most effective and humane ways to cull and dispose of infected birds, and the possibility of using vaccines against the virus in future – read more here.

However, another news story this week focused on the shortcomings of some poultry vaccinations.

So called ‘leaky’ vaccines, which protect an individual from severe disease whilst still allowing the transmission of the virus, have been shown to encourage the evolution of more harmful versions of viruses.

According to the scientists behind the research, this could be a problem for avian flu vaccines, particularly in south east Asia where such vaccines are already routinely used.

However, the study looked at the deadly Marek’s disease, which is currently well controlled by vaccines in commercial poultry flocks.

"In our tests of the leaky Marek's-disease virus in groups of vaccinated and un-vaccinated chickens, the un-vaccinated died while those that were vaccinated survived and transmitted the virus to other birds left in contact with them," said Venugopal Nair, who led the research team in the UK where the experimental work was carried out.

"Our research demonstrates that the use of leaky vaccines can promote the evolution of nastier 'hot' viral strains that put unvaccinated individuals at greater risk." – read more.

In other disease news this week, outbreaks of avian influenza were reported in South Korea, Taiwan, Viet Nam, China and Germany.

~ Alice

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