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New Way to Inactivate Avian Influenza Virus in Poultry Feed

19 July 2016

US - A project begun in October 2015, after receiving emergency funding from USPOULTRY following the devastating impacts of avian influenza, has found a way to inactivate the virus in poultry feeds.

USPOULTRY approved $550,000 in emergency funding to support further avian influenza research and communication. These projects are to be completed on a fast track over the next several months, and this research is the first project completed with the funding.

The poultry industry is concerned about all potential means of avian influenza virus (AIV) spread during an outbreak. Although pelleting of feed effectively inactivates any potential AIV in feed, not all poultry feeds are pelleted.

In the project, Dr Haroldo Toro at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine found that commercially available and approved formaldehyde-based products very effectively and quickly inactivate AIV in poultry feed.

This research provides practical new information about how to control AIV spread during an outbreak.

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