Avian Influenza

Avian influenza confirmed in the UK

Avian influenza confirmed in the UK

By Aidan Fortune

An incident of low pathogenic avian flu of the H5 strain has been confirmed at a commercial chicken farm in England, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

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H5N8 risk for humans is ‘very low’ – ECDC

By Joseph James Whitworth

Avian flu virus poses a ‘very low’ risk to humans but given its evolving nature there is the potential of infection, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Iraq has a 'lack of commitment' to biosecurity, according to an FAO official in the Middle East

Iraq has ‘chronic’ bird flu problem

By Oscar Rousseau

Iraq’s inability to tackle the cause of bird flu means the deadly virus  is likely to spread across neighbouring countries, according to an expert on animal diseases.

Poultry production in Iraq dropped by 9% in 2015

Massive bird flu outbreak in Iraq

By Oscar Rousseau

Veterinary officials in Iraq have killed hundreds of thousands of chickens after a deadly strain of avian influenza was detected in the country for the first time in a decade.

Avian influenza has impacted Nigeria's poultry production

Bird flu epidemic devastates Nigeria

By Oscar Rousseau

Nigeria is grappling with a damaging bird flu epidemic that has caused the deaths of 90,000 chickens in less than a month. 

France has killed over 24,000 chickens as a result of bird flu

Fear in France as bird flu spreads

By Oscar Rousseau

France has been hit with four new cases of a bird flu outbreak in the south west of the country, bringing the total number of reported cases to 10.

The Taskforce says the migration of wild birds from eastern Asia to Europe would be highly unusual

Bird flu task force warns of too much focus on wild birds

By Georgi Gyton

The Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds has warned that focusing attention on the possible role of wild birds in the spread of H5N8 could misdirect critical resources away from effective disease control.

 The OIE and FAO have urged at-risk nations to step up biosecurity.

Biosecurity precautions urged over bird flu threat in Europe

By Oli Haenlein

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have warned that avian influenza’s “rapid spread” through Europe threatens the poultry sectors in low-resourced countries, and have urged...

Bird flu reported in Australia, Vietnam and Italy

Australia sees new H7 bird flu outbreak

By Carina Perkins

Australia’s poultry industry is on alert after an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu on a layer hen farm in New South Wales.

Belarus imposes poultry ban on Netherlands

Belarus imposes poultry ban on Netherlands

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Belarus has banned poultry imports from the Netherlands due to reports of avian influenza (H7N7), implementing the same restrictions on the country as those in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Bird flu outbreak in the Netherlands

Bird flu outbreak in the Netherlands

By Carina Perkins

More than 80,000 chickens have been destroyed on a farm in the Netherlands following an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza virus.


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