avian flu virus News

  • Avian Bird Flu is Back

    Every time we hear of an outbreak of this virus our hearts go out to farmers within these regions. Bio-security is paramount in the prevention of these outbreaks. ...


    By Inciner8 Limited

  • Swine Flu outbreak illuminated by Avian Flu research

    A new study by University of Maryland researchers suggests that the potential for an avian influenza virus to cause a human flu pandemic is greater than previously thought.  Results also illustrate how the current swine flu outbreak likely came about.  As of now, avian flu viruses can infect humans who have contact with birds, but these viruses tend not to transmit easily between ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • New Process Converts Poultry Litter into Bio-oil

    BLACKSBURG, Virginia, August 29, 2007 (ENS) - Each year in the United States the poultry industry produces more than 5.6 million tons of litter - a mixture of bedding, manure, feathers, and spilled feed. Now, a team of researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech is developing transportable pyrolysis units that will convert poultry litter into bio-oil that can be ...

  • Ohio cancels Poultry Shows at Fairs amid Bird Flu Outbreak

    All poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state have been canceled this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus, the state's agriculture department announced Tuesday. The virus that has led to the deaths of more than 44 million chickens and turkeys in the Midwest hasn't been found so far in Ohio, but state officials said banning all poultry shows is a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Avian Flu Testing of Wild Ducks Informs Biosecurity and Can Reduce Economic Loss

    Understanding the genetic origins of avian influenza outbreaks through enhanced wild bird surveillance sampling can provide early warning to poultry producers, and lead to improved biosecurity measures that can reduce economic losses in future outbreaks. To understand the origins of the novel strain of H7N8 avian influenza that caused the Indiana outbreak in January 2016, and possible role of ...

  • USDA and UN to Collaborate on Sustainable Global Agriculture

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, have signed an agreement to enhance their cooperation to promote and support the development of a sustainable global agriculture system. Approved last fall, the agreement was signed Wednesday by FAO Director-General Dr. Jacques Diouf and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture ...

  • New avian influenza’s rapid spread to Europe threatens poultry sector especially in low-resourced countries

    A new bird flu strain detected in Europe which is similar to strains reported to be circulating in 2014 in Asia poses a significant threat to the poultry sector, especially in low-resourced countries situated along the Black Sea and East Atlantic migratory routes of wild birds, FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) warned today. Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom ...

  • New research findings can improve Avian flu surveillance programs

    Genetic analyses of avian influenza in wild birds can help pinpoint likely carrier species and geographic hot spots where Eurasian viruses would be most likely to enter North America, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research. Persistence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 (HPAI H5N1) virus in Eurasia and Africa, and concerns that the virus might be transported among continents ...

  • Fresh Outbreaks of Newcastle Disease in Poultry

    For the last couple of months when most people have been thinking about Poultry, Turkey was at the front of their minds.  However many countries have been seeing an increase in Newcastle disease, which if you weren’t aware is a viral problem similar to Avian Flu.  With Colombia declaring a state of emergency following its latest outbreak, which began in December 2017 and has ...

  • Changes in wildlife migration could alter disease risk

    The risk of animals passing diseases to humans could increase in some cases, but decrease in others, as people encroach on and disrupt wildlife migration paths, according to a review in Science. Climate change is also affecting migration patterns, and the review says there is an urgent need for research on how changes in habitat and climate will affect disease in migratory animals, to predict ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Bird flu found in a top Minnesota turkey producing county

    An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry. The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has infected a third turkey farm in the state, this time a ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bird flu outbreak spreads to 3 more Midwest turkey farms

    A bird flu outbreak that has puzzled scientists spread to three more Midwest turkey farms, bringing the number of farms infected to 23 and raising the death toll to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling to contain it. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Saturday that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found among 38,000 birds at a ...


    By Associated Press

  • USPOULTRY Offers Biosecurity Program

    With the recent avian influenza news announcements, USPOULTRY is making available its “Infectious Disease Risk Management: Practical Biosecurity Resources for Commercial Poultry Producers” program. The program was created to aid in developing more effective biosecurity practices and is designed to be used as a program development tool for personnel training and teaching. “The ...

  • USPOULTRY Emergency Funding Supports Research That Shows How to Inactivate Avian Influenza Virus in Poultry Feed

    USPOULTRY announces the completion of a funded research project at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., in which researchers showed how to inactivate avian influenza virus in poultry feed. USPOULTRY approved $550,000 in emergency funding in October 2015 to support further avian influenza research and communication as a result of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak last spring. ...

  • FAO monitoring A/H1N1 situation around the clock

    With WHO raising its pandemic alert level from 4 to 5, countries worldwide are being urged to take adequate precautionary measures against the newly found A/H1N1 virus, and to be prepared for the eventual case of a pandemic. The challenge for governments, with FAO assistance, is to review measures to be taken in the veterinary realm, despite the fact that “there is currently no evidence to ...

  • Mapping wildlife diseases may help prevent their spread

    Tracking wildlife disease outbreaks around the world is now possible with another online map that shows where threats to the health of wild animals, domestic animals, and people are occurring. The Global Wildlife Disease News Map, developed jointly by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, was introduced publicly this week.  Updated daily, the map ...

  • Swine flu illness cases confirmed in the United States and Mexico

    As of 26 April 2009, the United States Government has reported 20 laboratory confirmed human cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 (8 in New York, 7 in California, 2 in Texas, 2 in Kansas and 1 in Ohio). All 20 cases have had mild Influenza-Like Illness with only one requiring brief hospitalization. No deaths have been reported. All 20 viruses have the same genetic pattern based on preliminary testing. ...

  • New bird flu strain has poultry farmers scrambling

    Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected poultry flocks in four states - and to stop it from spreading. Avian influenza is common in wild migratory waterfowl but doesn't usually harm them. But the H5N2 strain is deadly when it spreads to commercial poultry. It can wipe out a flock of tens of thousands of birds in a few ...


    By Associated Press

  • CFAES Experts Available to Speak on Avian Flu

    Experts from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine are available to speak with the media about the avian influenza virus. A federal report released on May 11 determined agency challenges in preventing the virus in both poultry and humans. Change-Won (Charles) Lee, an Ohio Agricultural Research and Development ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Be Prepared

    As you are aware, there is a current outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) and the number of outbreaks are increasing across the globe leaving flocks and farming businesses devastated. When an event like this occurs are you equipped to deal with your fallen stock on site to limit the extent of the outbreak further? Have you ever considered incineration as the ultimate bio secure method of ...

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