Influenza

South Africa has warned its exported could be affected by the bird flu outbreak

South Africa hit with bird flu outbreak

By Oscar Rousseau

South Africa has been hit with its first case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) strain H5N8 strain, which devastated Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Russia is battling a number of livestock disease infecting chickens, pigs, cattle and deer

Russia battles diverse livestock diseases

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is facing numerous biosecurity problems, as African swine fever (ASF) challenges the pig industry, poultry farmers battle bird flu, the first outbreaks of nodular dermatitis hit cattle farmers, and venison breeders combat anthrax.

Russia may have to cull up to 4 million chickens to prevent bird flu from spreading

Large avian flu outbreak hits Moscow Oblast

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

A total of 250,000 chickens will be culled on a farm in Moscow Oblast, due to an outbreak of the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (AI) H5N8, according to Russia’s sanitary body Rospotrebnadzor. 

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Bird flu puts an end to free range eggs

By Louis Gore-Langton

The avian influenza crisis in Europe has forced producers to house birds indoors for more than three months - meaning the loss of free range status.

Avian influenza, loss of exports markets and a fall in prices hit Duc's top-line performance

Bird flu blamed as chicken company sees sales fall

By Oscar Rousseau

French chicken producer Duc saw turnover decline last year as the French avian influenza (AI) battle saw the company shut out of key export markets, China and South Africa.

Hungarian farmers will have to move chickens indoors as bird flu remains a risk

Hungary orders poultry indoors amid bird flu concern

By Oscar Rousseau

Hungary’s chief veterinarian Lajos Bognar has ordered the nation’s poultry industry to keep birds indoors as the country grapples with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HAPI).

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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).

CEO Joel Marchand will be succeeded by Duc's industrial director Damien Calandre

Duc CEO Joel Marchand resigns

By Oscar Rousseau

The CEO of French poultry processor Joel Marchand has resigned from his position at Duc citing “personal reasons”.

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.

Over three million birds have been killed in Nigeria as a result of Africa's bird flu virus

Bird flu virus cuts through central Africa

By Oscar Rousseau

Nations across west and central Africa are on high alert as the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N1 tears through the region with devastating effect. 

Vladimir Putin's trade bans on western imports have hurt the meat industry

GlobalMeatNews Survey

Russian trade ban inflicts maximum damage

By Oscar Rousseau

Russia’s politically-motivated decision to slash meat imports continues to be a bloody thorn in the side of the meat industry, according to an exclusive GlobalMeatNews survey.

Backyard pig farms are important for the livelihood of Ukrainian farmers

Africa swine fever outbreak in Ukraine

By Oscar Rousseau

Ukraine has been rocked by an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) which has left more than 700 pigs at risk of catching the highly contagious disease.

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.

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.

Fears of a bird flu outbreak in France were confirmed in November

France hit by multi-national poultry ban

By Oscar Rousseau

A string of countries across Asia and north Africa have banned imports of chicken from France after fears of a bird flu virus began to spread.

There are concerns that other large poultry-producing regions in the US are at risk

Concerns over spread of US bird flu

By Chloe Ryan

Reported cases of avian influenza in the US have now reached 156 in the past six months, making the current situation the most extensive outbreak of the disease ever reported in the country.

The strain looks similar to the outbreaks reported in Asia and Europe

H5N8 outbreak in Hungarian ducks

By Georgi Gyton

A further outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N8 has been discovered in fattening ducks, in Hungary.

To prevent the spread of avian influenza in British Columbia, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has established a primary control zone.

Canadian officials establish 'primary control zone' to contain epidemic

Avian flu causes seven countries to suspend BC poultry imports

By Heidi Parsons

The United States and six other countries have temporarily stopped importing any poultry from British Columbia, Canada, due to an outbreak of “highly pathogenic” avian influenza in the province.

The first outbreak of H5N8 this year was in the Republic of Korea, in January

Interactive map: The current H5N8 bird flu outbreak

By Georgi Gyton

With the H5N8 strain of avian influenza reaching poultry farms across the globe, GlobalMeatNews has mapped the spread of the listed disease throughout 2014 in order to give you a visual picture of where the outbreaks have been located.

Samples from wild ducks were taken as part of investigations into the spread of the disease. Photo credit: Lintao Zhang

Avian influenza found in wild ducks in Netherlands

By Georgi Gyton

Two samples from wild ducks around the area of Kamerik, Woerden, in the Netherlands, have tested positive for a highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza, Rijksoverheid.nl confirmed in a statement last night (1 December).

The restrictions ban the movement of all poultry, products and waste. Photo credit: Jamie McDonald

UK bird flu strain confirmed as H5N8

By Georgi Gyton

The recent outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the UK has been confirmed as the H5N8 strain of the disease - the same as the outbreaks in the Netherlands and Germany this month.

10km restriction zones for poultry have been set up in the UK and the Netherlands. Photo credit: Jamie McDonald

Multiple bird flu outbreaks reported in Europe

By Georgi Gyton

Highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks have been reported in the UK and the Netherlands over the past couple of days, following an outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in Germany earlier this month.

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