Commercial poultry operations remain susceptible to bird flu

Emerging research suggests that commercial poultry farms could contract avian influenza from migrating flocks of wild birds.
calendar icon 5 August 2020
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Migrating birds that hosted weaker viruses tended to be more likely to survive their journey and had the potential to pass the disease onto domestic birds.

“Bird flu viruses can readily exchange genetic material with other influenza viruses and this, in combination with repeated transmission of viruses between domestic and wild birds, means that a viral strain can emerge and persist in wild bird populations, which carries a high risk of disease for poultry,” said Dr Sam Lycett from the Roslin Institute.

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Migrating birds that hosted weaker viruses tended to be more likely to survive their journey and had the potential to pass the disease onto domestic birds.

“Bird flu viruses can readily exchange genetic material with other influenza viruses and this, in combination with repeated transmission of viruses between domestic and wild birds, means that a viral strain can emerge and persist in wild bird populations, which carries a high risk of disease for poultry,” said Dr Sam Lycett from the Roslin Institute.

Read more about this story in The Press and Journal.

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