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Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 19th Feb 2018

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First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Flu Confirmed in China: What You Need to Know

The first human case of H7N4 bird flu has been confirmed in China. The patient, a 68-year-old woman in the Jiangsu province, is in stable condition and health authorities believe she will make a full recovery. Dr. Bettina Fries, chief of Stony Brook Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, explained that the bird flu could form a dangerous combination with a human flu virus: “the viruses recombine/mix their genomes and you have a new flu virus half human, half bird flu virus”
17th Feb 2018 - Elon

The `Fog Of Flu' On Novel H7N4


17th Feb 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

World's first human case of H7N4 avian flu reported in China


17th Feb 2018 - KTVZ

China reports human case of H7N4 avian influenza


17th Feb 2018 - Smart Brief

First Human Case Of Avian Flu H7N4 Reported in China


17th Feb 2018 - IFLScience

First Human "Bird Flu" Case Confirmed in China


17th Feb 2018 - Precision Vaccinations

Yemen's health crisis: Suspected cases of bird flu

Already dealing with severe malnutrition and a cholera epidemic, many people in Yemen are now dying from what is thought to be bird flu. As the country faces this new health crisis, hospitals remain critically short of resources after years of conflict has caused the country's health system to crumble.
18th Feb 2018 - Al Jazeera English

Influenza A(H7N9) virus antibody responses in survivors one year after infection, China, 2017

Avian influenza A(H7N9) virus has caused 5 epidemic waves in China since its emergence in 2013. Researchers investigated the dynamic changes of antibody response to this virus over 1 year postinfection in 25 patients in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, who had laboratory-confirmed infections during the fifth epidemic wave, Oct 1, 2016–February 14, 2017. Most survivors had relatively robust antibody responses that decreased but remained detectable at 1 year. Antibody response was variable; several survivors had low or undetectable antibody titers.
18th Feb 2018 - Crofsblogs.typepad.com


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 16th Feb 2018

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China confirms first ever human case of H7N4 bird flu

A woman from eastern China has been confirmed as the first ever human case of H7N4 bird flu, according to Chinese authorities. Officials in Hong Kong have advised citizens to avoid wet markets, live poultry markets or farms if travelling to the mainland over the week-long lunar new year holiday. The 68-year-old patient from Jiangsu province, who has since recovered, developed symptoms on 25 December, was admitted to hospital for treatment on 1 January and was released on 22 January.
15th Feb 2018 - The Guardian

World's first human case of H7N4 avian flu reported in China


15th Feb 2018 - CNN

China reports first human case of H7N4 bird flu


15th Feb 2018 - Channel News Asia

China Confirms First Human Case Of H7N4 Bird Flu


15th Feb 2018 - NDTV.com

China confirms first human case of H7N4 avian flu


15th Feb 2018 - Financial Times

China confirms world's first human case of H7N4 bird flu during major travelling season


15th Feb 2018 - Daily Mail

China reports first human case of H7N4 bird flu


15th Feb 2018 - Reuters

Jiangsu China Reports 1st Novel H7N4 Human Infection


15th Feb 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu


15th Feb 2018 - The Jakarta Post

China reports world’s 1st human case of H7N4 avian flu strain


15th Feb 2018 - Asahi

First human infection by H7N4 virus


15th Feb 2018 - La Nacion Costa Rica

Jiangsu woman becomes world's first H7N4 bird flu case


15th Feb 2018 - The Standard

China: first case of human infection by H7N4 avian flu virus


15th Feb 2018 - Le Parisien

First Human Case From New Bird Flu: How Many More Strains Are Out There?

A 68-year-old woman in southern China caught H7N4, a new type of bird flu. "This is the first case of human infection with avian influenza A (H7N4) in the world," the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection said. The new case does add to a growing list of bird flu strains to keep an eye on. There's the dangerous H7N9, which killed nearly 300 people in China in 2017. And the deadly H5N1, which regularly crops up around southern Asia and the Middle East every now and then. And in the U.S., H3N2, which is notorious for sending people to the hospital
15th Feb 2018 - NPR


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Hong Kong on alert after China confirms world’s first human case of H7N4 bird flu

Mainland China has confirmed the world’s first human case of a virulent bird flu strain, prompting Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection to issue an alert for the city. The centre said health authorities confirmed this month that a 68-year-old woman in Jiangsu province had been infected with H7N4 avian influenza after developing symptoms on December 25.
14th Feb 2018 - South China Morning Post

Hong Kong: CHP notified of world's first human case of avian influenza A (H7N4) in Mainland


14th Feb 2018 - Crofsblogs.typepad.com

China reports 1st known human H7N4 avian influenza case


14th Feb 2018 - Outbreak News Today

CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A (H7N4) in Mainland


14th Feb 2018 - Hong Kong Government

Taiwan CDC urges travelers visiting avian influenza affected areas in China to practice “5 do"s and 6 don'ts”

Taiwan Centers for Disease Control Wednesday advised travelers visiting China during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday to practice good personal hygiene to ward off avian influenza infection. This season, a cumulative total of three H7N9 cases, including one death, have been respectively confirmed in Yunnan Province, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and Guangdong Province, China
14th Feb 2018 - Taiwan News

News Scan for Feb 14, 2018

China has reported the world's first known novel H7N4 avian flu infection in a human, according to a report from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection. Flu vaccination offers similar effectiveness for younger and older adults, but protection was very low for both groups against the problematic H3N2 strain, researchers from the CDC and several institutions that are part of a surveillance network team that analyzes flu vaccine effectiveness reported
14th Feb 2018 - CIDRAP

3 ways the U.S. should prepare for the next flu pandemic

Despite progress, the U.S. is still not as prepared as it should be against a pandemic. Researchers need to improve the flu vaccine, but the federal government has only allocated US$75 million this year toward flu vaccine research. This is not nearly enough. Public health officials also need more and better information about influenza outbreaks. Finally, government officials and other members of the health community need to pay more attention to plans for public health emergency preparedness.
14th Feb 2018 - Stat News

No cases of human infection with H5N6 bird flu reported in Iran

A senior official at Iran’s Health Ministry said no cases of human infection with the H5N6 form of bird flu have been recorded in the country, APA reported citing Tasnim news agency. He added that all of the people who had contacts with the wild birds infected with H5N6 have been vaccinated.
14th Feb 2018 - APA


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 14th Feb 2018

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Can we create a pandemic-free world?

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, spoke in Dubai about the need to prepare against pandemics. He explained that "we must prioritize the research and development of new vaccines and medicines. WHO’s Research and Development Blueprint identifies the pathogens that are the most likely to spark an epidemic, and provides a guide for where investments are most urgently needed. Although this task is difficult, because we have millions of viruses that could potentially spark pandemics."
13th Feb 2018 - World Health Organization

News Scan for Feb 12, 2018

China has reported another H7N9 avian flu infection, marking only the third case of the sixth wave of illness activity that began in October, according to a report from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection. SK Chemicals announced that it has signed an agreement worth as much as $155 million to license its cell-culture technology to Sanofi Pasteur for developing a universal flu vaccine, Yonhap News Agency reported
12th Feb 2018 - CIDRAP


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 13th Feb 2018

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CHP notified of additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong

In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health received notification of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) from the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province. Since October 2017, three human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) infections and two other human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) infections have been reported in the Mainland.
12th Feb 2018 - Hong Kong Government

China: One new human H7N9 case reported in Guangdong province


12th Feb 2018 - Crofsblogs.typepad.com

H7N9 avian influenza infection reported in Guangdong province


12th Feb 2018 - Outbreak News Today

The next pandemic will come sooner or later. The CDC needs money to prepare

At the time of the Ebola crisis, the U.S. Congress approved a one-time, five-year emergency supplemental spending package, of which $600 million was sent to the CDC to help countries prevent infectious-disease threats from turning into epidemics. Anticipating that that money will run out in October 2019, the CDC has begun notifying country directors to begin planning withdrawal from 39 of 49 countries. This is not a pullout of all CDC programs, but it does mean retreating from frontline outposts for preventing, detecting and responding to outbreaks.
12th Feb 2018 - Washington Post


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 12th Feb 2018

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3 ways the US should prepare for the next flu pandemic

The U.S. must improve its ability to stop a new flu pandemic, as well as to reduce the annual impact of influenza infections. To do so, researchers need to improve the flu vaccine, but the federal government has only allocated US$75 million this year toward flu vaccine research. To prevent flu pandemics, public health officials need more and better information about influenza outbreaks. The CDC has led efforts to coordinate global surveillance, but the Trump administration hopes to slash funding for the CDC, as well as global health programs.
9th Feb 2018 - The Conversation US

World must act faster to prevent pandemic diseases - U.N. risk chief

The world must ramp up efforts to prevent huge infectious disease outbreaks - such as flu strains that can jump from animals to humans - which could kill millions of people, the chief of the U.N.’s disaster risk agency said on Saturday. The use of vaccine technologies and disease surveillance is very low across most of the world because the dangers posed by pandemics are “out of sight, out of mind”, said Robert Glasser, head of the United Nations’ Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
9th Feb 2018 - Reuters


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 9th Feb 2018

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CDC EID Journal: All About IRAT

The CDC's IRAT (Influenza Risk Assessment Tool) currently follows 14 novel flu subtypes/strains that circulate in non-human hosts and are believed to possess some degree of pandemic potential. The CDC uses two sets of criteria to evaluate novel viruses. One to estimate a virus's potential for sustained human-to-human transmission, and another to gauge it's potential for significant impact on public health.
8th Feb 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Indonesia hosts FAO pilot projects for tackling zoonoses

The Agriculture Ministry and the United Nations’ FAO have designated four areas in Indonesia for pilot projects to contain the spread of zoonoses. The role of the Agriculture Ministry’s Animal Husbandry and Animal Health Directorate General in the project focuses on three major zoonoses – rabies, anthrax and avian influenza – and EID.
8th Feb 2018 - Jakarta Post


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 8th Feb 2018

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Vietnam issues bird flu warning after latest human case reported in China

Vietnam’s agriculture ministry issued an urgent message on Wednesday calling for increased vigilance to prevent fresh bird flu outbreaks. The risk of outbreaks and penetration of dangerous viruses such as H7N9 is “very high” due the increased trade ahead of the Lunar New Year, the ministry said. China reported another human infection of H7N9 on January 12, raising the number of people infected with avian flu in the country over the past five years to 1,624.
7th Feb 2018 - VnExpress International


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WHO Novel Flu Assessment

After last winter's record number of human H7N9 infections in China, just about everybody expected a repeat performance. Yet, since October 1st, only two cases have been reported by Mainland China. Perhaps China's nationwide poultry vaccination program has dampened down the virus, or it could be a side effect from seeing back-to-back severe seasonal flu (H3N2 & Influenza B) outbreaks in the past 6 months. Or perhaps it's a combination of factors
6th Feb 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com


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Flu's Endless Mutation Threatens People, Birds, Pigs: QuickTake

Flu season in the U.S. this winter is proving among the worst in the past decade. Canadian researchers found that this year’s flu shot is only about 17 percent effective at preventing illness from the H3N2 strain. Flu among birds has been a growing concern, especially since a strain that was first detected in 1996 in a farmed goose in southern China began spreading a decade later in poultry across Asia, then to Europe and Africa. Countries in Southeast Asia alone culled 140 million fowl and spent about $10 billion on controlling the virus. The strain, known as H5N1, is also blamed for the death of more than 450 people, mostly in Indonesia and Egypt, since 2003. Since 2013, another variant, H7N9, has caused repeated epidemics in China, killing more than 550 people, about a third of those infected.
5th Feb 2018 - Washington Post

The Flu


5th Feb 2018 - Bloomberg Quint

Bird flu: WARNING as deadly outbreak spreads - how to avoid infection

Bird flu is a deadly infection that’s caused by the H5N1, H7N9, and H5N6 influenza viruses. While common among birds, it can infect humans on rare occasions. The H5N1 virus has infected 860 people worldwide, according to latest World Health Organization figures. More than 450 people have died. Since March 2013, the H7N9 virus has infected 1,565 people, and 612 people have died from the flu virus. The NHS advised the public on how to reduce the risk of infection.
5th Feb 2018 - Express.co.uk

The CDC Is About to Fall Off a Funding Cliff

Two weeks ago, Betsy McKay at The Wall Street Journal reported that the CDC, with no firm promise of future funding, is preparing to downsize its work in 39 countries. Those include the Democratic Republic of Congo, which recently experienced its eighth Ebola outbreak, and China, which is recently underwent its worst outbreak of H7N9 bird flu. Lena Sun of The Washington Post confirmed this report, writing that “notice is being given now to CDC country directors” as the first part of a transition. These changes would make the world—and the United States—more vulnerable to a pandemic
2nd Feb 2018 - The Atlantic


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 5th Feb 2018

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Scientists to look into how rapidly bird flu can adapt to infect humans

Scientists at two leading UK research establishments have been awarded a grant to research what makes particular strains of bird flu more likely to adapt to infect humans, possibly initiating a pandemic. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council funding for the Pirbright Institute and Imperial College, London, will be used to look at which avian flu strains can rapidly accumulate genetic adaptations that help avian flu viruses infect mammals. This will enable scientists to identify which strains pose a threat to humans and potentially cause major problems across the globe.
3rd Feb 2018 - Poultry World

On top of everything, GOP stinginess could lead to a global pandemic

In the U.S., the CDC is preparing to significantly curtail epidemic prevention in 39 countries as money dries up. It is already making preparations to downsize in countries notorious for infectious diseases, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, which recently endured and beat its eighth Ebola outbreak, and China, which is currently experiencing a horrific H7N9 bird flu epidemic
2nd Feb 2018 - Salon

No new influenza virus has been detected in Viet Nam

In Vietnam, the number of people, especially children, seeking treatment for the seasonal flu virus at hospitals has been on the rise. Luckily, no new influenza virus has been found so far, the Ministry of Health has said. Until now, Việt Nam has not found any avian flu infections with the A/H7N9, A/H5N8, and A/H5N2 in poultry or humans. Last year, China reported the fifth outbreak of the deadly virus of A/H7N9 since the virus was first detected in 2013. The number of infected patients reached 1,600, and over 600 people died.
2nd Feb 2018 - Viet Nam News


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 1st Feb 2018

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The Pandemic Everyone Fears Is Flu In the Wrong Place At the Wrong Time

If humanity is lucky, the next flu virus with pandemic potential will unfold somewhere quick to catch and contain the threat—a country with a strong public health service and well-stocked hospitals. If we’re unlucky, a novel, lethal and highly infectious flu virus will break out in a crowded, unprepared megacity that lacks public health infrastructure. A fast-moving virus could burst from a city and catch a ride with international travelers before public health officials realize what is happening.
31st Jan 2018 - Smithsonian


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 31st Jan 2018

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"Bird-Flu" Lands in South Korea

A serious subtype of influenza, H5N6, has increased in South Korea, just as the country prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Globally, there were 860 cases of human infection of H5N in 16 countries worldwide between January 2003 and December 2017. Since 2013, a total of 1565 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) viruses, including at least 612 deaths, have been reported to WHO. If the incidence of human cases follows the trends seen in previous years, the number of reported human cases may rise over the coming months. Further sporadic cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus are therefore expected in affected and possibly neighbouring areas.
30th Jan 2018 - Precision Vaccinations

Avian flu kills three people in Vgayet

In Algeria's Kabylia region, three people have died of the flu and there are speculations that it was avian flu. Samples have been sent off for analysis to Algiers
30th Jan 2018 - Tamurt.info


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 25th Jan 2018

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Avian flu hits Iranian chicken farms

Avian flu has infected Iranian chicken farms, posing a challenge to chicken breeders and the country’s meat output, Financial Tribune daily reported. Since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year March 21, 2017, about 30 per cent of egg-laying hens, or 20 million, and 10 per cent of broiler chickens, amounting to one million, in the Iranian farms have been culled for the infection with the disease.
23rd Jan 2018 - Vanguard

Avian flu hits Iranian chicken farms


24th Jan 2018 - Xinhua

Welsh poultry keepers to face new bird flu curbs

Bird flu curbs are to be imposed on poultry keepers across Wales from January 25. Rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths announced that an all-Wales Prevention Zone will come into force from midnight. It follows the discovery of three English cases of the H5N6 virus in wild birds, prompting UK rural ministry Defra to impose a Prevention Zone across England. A veterinary risk assessment for England and Wales shows the disease risk level in wild birds has now increased from Medium to High.
24th Jan 2018 - Daily Post North Wales

A bird flu prevention zone has been declared across Wales starting from midnight


24th Jan 2018 - Wales Online

Hertfordshire nature reserve reopens after bird flu outbreak

In the UK, a nature reserve has reopened to the public three days after it was forced to shut because of an outbreak of bird flu. Amwell Nature Reserve near Ware, Hertfordshire, closed after advice from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust confirmed that 19 dead birds at the site tested positive for the disease. A spokesman said: "The trust believes the risk to visitors is extremely low."
23rd Jan 2018 - BBC

New wave of bird flu likely to hit soon, Chinese expert warns

A new wave of bird flu is likely to hit China over the next few months, which could have serious consequences this year due to the high number of cases of human flu in many parts of the country, a prominent scientist warned. H7N9, which was first reported in China in 2013, is most active between January and March, based on experiences over the past few years, Zhong Nanshan, director of the National Clinical Research centre for Respiratory Disease, said. Zhong called for members of the public to receive flu vaccines, as it is the best means of prevention
24th Jan 2018 - Philippines Inquirer

Hundreds of chickens dead in Prey Veng

In Cambodia, hundreds of chickens in Prey Veng province’s Svay Anthor district have allegedly died from unknown causes over the past week, spurring uninformed local authorities into action. On January 9, three chickens in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district were found to be carrying the H5N1 virus.
24th Jan 2018 - Khmer Times


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 24th Jan 2018

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Chicken sample from Hong Kong vendor positive for bird flu virus, as officials urge calm after its sale

A chilled chicken sample from mainland China found to contain a bird flu virus was confirmed on Tuesday to have been sold by a Hong Kong vendor, but officials stressed the contamination was unlikely to sicken consumers. A spokesman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced that the H5 virus was detected in a sample obtained from a batch of chilled chicken
23rd Jan 2018 - South China Morning Post

Bird flu: Human cases of the avian influenza prompts travel warning ahead of Chinese New Year

Human cases of the avian influenza virus known as "bird flu" have prompted a UK travel warning to anybody going to China. Travellers are reminded of the risks of contracting the virus during their visits and advised to take extra care in order to protect themselves. The majority of reported human cases in China, have had close contact with birds and have originated from several provinces and municipalities across mainland China and Taiwan.
23rd Jan 2018 - Get Surrey

Afghanistan reports two bird flu outbreaks - OIE

Afghanistan has reported two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. The H5 virus was detected in a backyard in Kabul where it killed 6 birds and in the Bagrami village nearby, where it killed 15
23rd Jan 2018 - Reuters UK

Bird flu crackdown as Yorkshire council urges public to report sightings

In the UK, Leeds residents are being urged to report any sightings of dead wild birds as part of national attempts to control the spread of bird flu. In the latest outbreak of the virus, bird flu was confirmed in 13 dead wild birds in Warwickshire last week, while 31 wild birds were identified as carrying the disease in Dorset. The Government has reacted by declaring a bird flu prevention zone across the whole of England.
23rd Jan 2018 - Yorkshire Evening Post

Risk status for commercial poultry raised to medium following new bird flu outbreak

In England, the government has raised its avian influenza risk status for commercial poultry from ‘low’ to ‘medium’ following a new bird flu outbreak in wild birds. In Hertfordshire, it has been confirmed an assemblage of dead wild birds was found and tested positive for the H5N6 strain. It is the same strain that has been circulating in wild birds across Europe in recent months.
23rd Jan 2018 - FarmingUK

One more bird flu infection recorded in Iraq's Diyala: official

In Iraq, a new bird flu infection focus was discovered in Iraq’a Diyala, an official was quoted saying on Tuesday as the disease forced farmers to kill birds in thousands. Last Tuesday, NRT quoted a medical source in Mosul saying that al-Salam Educational Hospital in the eastern region recorded three deaths with the disease, while the fourth case was recorded at al-Shifa Hospital in the western region of the city.
23rd Jan 2018 - Iraqi News

Southern Research Programs Aim to Shield Against Pandemic Flu Dangers

In the UK, Southern Research conducts tests on emerging pandemic strains and participates in strategic government vaccine programs focusing on highly pathogenic avian influenza strains that pose potentially grave public health risks. In addition, Southern Research has performed toxicology studies for flu vaccine platforms and provided pre-clinical studies on vaccine candidates, along with clinical trial support for vaccine makers. The non-profit organization has also researched antiviral treatment approaches that could protect people after infection.
23rd Jan 2018 - Infection Control Today

H5N6 strikes again in UK birds; H5 detected in Afghan poultry - CIDRAP

The UK has reported its third highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu outbreak in wild birds, this time in Hertfordshire in the southeast, as agriculture officials there upgraded the risk of the virus spreading to other parts of the country. Afghanistan's agriculture ministry reported two highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza outbreaks, both in Kabul province, according to a notification from the OIE.
23rd Jan 2018 - CIDRAP


Pandemic Influenza News - Seqirus Media Monitoring - 23rd Jan 2018

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Bird flu has been found at a nature reserve less than an hour from Cambridge

In the UK, a nature reserve has been closed until further notice after confirmed cases of avian flu. The Amwell Nature Reserve, less than an hour from Camridge, shut on January 20th and will remain closed until further notice.
22nd Jan 2018 - Cambridge News

Hertfordshire nature reserve closes due to bird flu


22nd Jan 2018 - BBC News

Confirmed cases of bird flu leads to temporary closure of Amwell Nature Reserve


22nd Jan 2018 - BOB fm

Amwell Nature Reserve closed until further notice after avian flu


21st Jan 2018 - Hertfordshire Mercury

Sixth case dies of infection with bird flu in Salahuddin: Medical sources

In Iraq, a sixth person infected with bird flu has died in Salahuddin province on Sunday, Iraqi medical sources said, indicating doubts over infection of two other cases. The victim, according to sources, died of bird flu on the outskirts of Balad town, south of Salahuddin. Two other cases are being medically examined. The sources indicated launching vaccination campaigns within the precautionary measures at Balad and al-Dujail towns, fearing spread of the disease.
21st Jan 2018 - Iraqi News

DEFRA issues avian flue prevention zone

In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has introduced an avian flu prevention zone across the whole of England following the disease being found in wild flocks. The disease was found in the south of the UK and all keepers of birds should follow the disease prevention measures
22nd Jan 2018 - Lancashire Telegraph

Bird Flu: 2,700 ducks culled in the Landes region of France

In the Landes region of south-west France, 2,700 ducks have been culled as a prevention measure after a low path H5 avian flu virus was found in tests
22nd Jan 2018 - 20minutes.fr

Iranian Health Official Rejects Rumors about Bird Flu Deaths

In Iran, a senior official at the Health Ministry dismissed as “false” recent reports about the death of a few people in the country due to the outbreak of bird flu. Earlier this month, the head of Iran Veterinary Organization said that more than 17 million chickens have been culled in the country over the past ten months as part of efforts to control avian flu. The official further emphasized that rumors about human deaths due to bird flu, which have been spread in social networks, are false
22nd Jan 2018 - Tasnim News Agency

Maharashtra government on its heels to prevent Bird-Flu in the state

In India, an outbreak of avian influenza was reported from Dasarahari village, Bengaluru a week ago. As the Centre confirmed the outbreak, the Maharashtra government is now working to prevent the spread of the infection in the state
22nd Jan 2018 - Mumbai Live

Avian Flu Spreading to Broiler Chicken Farms

Avian flu infecting Iranian chicken farms has created a new challenge in chicken breeder farms and a threat to the whole country’s meat output. Iranian poultry farms are hit by avian flu every year around this time. The H5N8 strain of bird flu infecting Iranian farms is deadly for poultry, but according to WHO, although human infection with the virus cannot be excluded, the likelihood is low.
22nd Jan 2018 - Financial Tribune


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Bird flu prevention zone extended to cover whole of England

A bird flu prevention zone has been declared across the whole of England, Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens has confirmed. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures. It comes as 13 dead wild birds were confirmed to have the virus in Warwickshire. Last week 17 wild birds tested positive in Dorset and a total of 31 infected birds have now been identified at that site.
20th Jan 2018 - Belfast Newsletter

Bird flu in Warwickshire prompts warning to poultry keepers


20th Jan 2018 - Leamington Observer

Bird flu warning for the West Country


19th Jan 2018 - ITV News

People who keep birds told to "restrict movements" after bird flu warning


19th Jan 2018 - Nottingham Post

Bird flu in Warwickshire prompts warning to poultry keepers


19th Jan 2018 - Rugby Observer

Free range producer welcomes bird flu restrictions as disease spreads


18th Jan 2018 - East Anglia Daily Times

South Korea Winter Olympics Preparing for "Bird Flu"

South Korean health authorities are on alert to contain the spread of avian influenza ahead of the PyeongChang Olympics on February 9, 2018. The South Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed a new case of suspected avian influenza near Seoul on January 15, 2018. No human cases of H5N6 have been detected in South Korea. Cases of human infections from the H5N6 virus have previously been reported elsewhere, including China and Hong Kong
20th Jan 2018 - Precision Vaccinations

Saudi Arabia bans hunting of migratory birds to combat avian influenza

In Saudi Arabia, with thousands of migratory birds flocking into the Kingdom from all parts of the globe during the winter, the Saudi Wildlife Authority is enforcing its ban on the hunting of birds to help prevent avian influenza. Last week, incidences of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8) were reported in Riyadh, Dammam and Al-Ahsa.
20th Jan 2018 - Arab News

Two more poultry farms reported infected with avian flu

In Taiwan, an additional two poultry farms have been identified as infected with avian flu leading to the culling of 16,000 hens and 1,588 ducks, according to the Pingtung County government. Information provided by the county indicates that four farms have been affected by avian flu so far this year
20th Jan 2018 - Focus Taiwan News Channel


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Bird Flu prevention zone now covers whole of England

A bird flu prevention zone has been declared across the whole of England after more dead wild birds were found with the virus. It means all poultry and bird keepers have to follow strict measures to protect their livestock from the disease. 13 dead wild birds have been confirmed to have the virus in Warwickshire - along with 31 in Dorset.
18th Jan 2018 - Wessex FM

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declared after new bird flu outbreak


18th Jan 2018 - FarmingUK

Bird flu zone extended as strain discovered in Warwickshire


18th Jan 2018 - BBC News

"No need" for Scottish bird flu measures

The Scottish government has said it will not be changing its status on bird flu despite a prevention zone being declared for the whole of England. It comes after avian flu was found in wild birds in Dorset and Warwickshire. There have been no reported cases of avian flu in Scotland, but the Scottish government said it was monitoring the situation.
18th Jan 2018 - BBC News


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"Wiped out" bird flu back

India is scrambling to stamp out an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus that popped up last month in poultry birds in Dasarahalli village near Bangalore, about six months after India declared itself free of this virus. The National Institute for High Security Animal Diseases has confirmed the infection as the highly pathogenic avian influenza serotype H5N8, the Union agriculture ministry told the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
17th Jan 2018 - The Telegraph

India reports bird flu outbreak


17th Jan 2018 - GlobalMeatNews.com

New avian flu outbreak (H5N8) in Karnakata state, India


17th Jan 2018 - MesVaccins.net

Philippines added to APHIS avian influenza list

USDA’s Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) has added the Philippines to the list of regions affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza of any subtype. This action comes after HPAI was reported in the Philippines in August 2017.
17th Jan 2018 - Farm Futures

Avian flu found in wild birds in Dorset

In Northern Ireland, the Ulster Farmers’ Union is urging poultry farmers to be vigilant in light of several confirmed cases of Avian influenza in Dorset, England. UFU deputy president Victor Chestnutt is strongly recommending that all poultry keepers, including backyard keepers, review their biosecurity measures and business continuity plans now, as the risk level may well increase in the coming weeks.
17th Jan 2018 - Farming Life

Islamic State member in custody dies with bird flu in Mosul hospital

An Islamic State member held in custody has died after being infected with bird flu in Mosul, a medical source from Nineveh province said on Tuesday. Medical sources were quoted saying that al-Salam Educational Hospital in eastern Mosul recorded three deaths with the disease, while the fourth case was recorded at al-Shifa Hospital. Last Thursday, Iraqi agriculture minister Falah Hassan declared that a poultry farm caught the infection in Babil province, days after another infection focus in Diyala province was brought under control.
17th Jan 2018 - Iraqi News

New bird flu cases detected in Riyadh

In Saudi Arabia, four new bird flu cases were detected in the Riyadh region, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture said on Tuesday. The ministry, in a press briefing, said since the outbreak of the H5N8 bird flu virus, it collected 3,304 samples from the various regions for lab tests.
17th Jan 2018 - Saudi Gazette

Cambodia Issues Health Warning Over Bird Flu Outbreak in Phnom Penh

Health officials in Cambodia have urged calm after an outbreak of avian influenza in poultry in Phnom Penh last week. Hundreds of birds were taken in for testing by health officers in the capital’s Sen Sok district. Officials were quick to clarify that no humans had been found to have been infected by the H5N1 virus
17th Jan 2018 - VOA Khmer

Highly pathogenic avian influenza detected in dead goshawk found in Tokyo

In Japan, the Ministry of Environment said that highly pathogenic H5N6 type of avian influenza virus was detected in a dead northern goshawk that had been found earlier this month at a park in Tokyo’s Ota Ward. The ministry raised its warning to a Level 3 — its highest — from the current Level 2, as other bird flu cases were reported in the western part of the country over the past few months. If more dead wild birds are found, they will conduct more detailed examinations, the ministry said.
17th Jan 2018 - The Japan Times


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First avian flu winter outbreak confirmed

In the UK, veterinary authorities are urging vets and poultry owners to remain vigilant following the discovery of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu in 17 wild birds in Dorset. BVA president John Fishwick said: “I’d encourage vets to reassure their clients this strain of avian influenza poses a very low risk to public health and the food chain.
16th Jan 2018 - Vet Times

Jersey follows advice in UK over avian flu


16th Jan 2018 - Jersey Evening Post

Bird Flu: Highly pathogenic H5N8 case outbreak near Bengaluru in Karnataka, says report

A report from the Indian agriculture ministry noted that according to the World Organisation for Animal Health, there is an outbreak of the disease near Bengaluru in Karnataka, according to Reuters. As per the report, the H5N8 virus was detected on 26 December among birds in the village of Dasarahalli, killing 9 out of 951 birds.
16th Jan 2018 - Financial Express

Bird flu in Karnataka: Chickens test positive for highly contagious


15th Jan 2018 - Times Now

DONE -TAG TO MAIN 1- India reports outbreak of bird flu virus near Bengaluru


15th Jan 2018 - Livemint

Turkish town shutdown after bird flu outbreak

In Turkey, a town has been quarantined in the province of Mardin after authorities detected two birds carrying the influenza virus. Officials killed at least 609 birds, according to Turkish daily Hurriyet, after locals reported that the animals were dying. Test results later showed that the birds had bird flu
16th Jan 2018 - Arab News

3 bird flu cases give "no cause for alarm" in Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, three new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8) have sprung up in Riyadh, Dammam and Al-Ahsa, but a senior official from the Health Ministry said there is no cause for alarm since this influenza has not affected anybody in the Kingdom or in other parts of the world
16th Jan 2018 - Arab News

News Scan for Jan 16, 2018

India reported its first highly pathogenic H5N8 outbreak of the year, with Iraq and Saudi Arabia reporting more events involving the strain. Elsewhere, Cambodia reported another highly pathogenic H5N1 outbreak, and Taiwan reported three more H5N2 outbreaks.
16th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP


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BVA and BVP respond to confirmation of Avian Influenza in wild birds in Dorset

In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed that Avian Influenza of the H5N6 strain has been detected in 17 wild birds in Dorset. Public Health England have advised the risk to public health is very low with the Food Standards Agency also offering reassurance that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. Defra has confirmed that this is different to the strains which affected people in China last year
15th Jan 2018 - The Poultry Site.com

What is Bird Flu, where is there an outbreak in the UK, how is it affecting farmers across Europe


15th Jan 2018 - The Sun

Bird flu arrives in UK after H7N9 strain of virus kills 300 in China


15th Jan 2018 - Daily Star

Bird flu detected in 17 wild birds in Dorset, with more expected


15th Jan 2018 - East Anglian Daily Times

Bird flu confirmed at Abbotsbury Swannery - poultry owners in south Dorset alerted over Defra protection zone


14th Jan 2018 - Dorset Echo

Bird flu outbreak confirmed in England - poultry owners warned


14th Jan 2018 - Wandsworth Guardian

Somerset poultry owners warned after bird flu found in Dorset birds


14th Jan 2018 - Somerset County Gazette

Bird flu found in Phnom Penh

In Cambodia, nearly 300 chickens and ducks were culled after a new case of H5N1 was found in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district last week, officials said. Seang Borin, director of the municipal agriculture department, said that 292 chickens and ducks were killed in Phnom Penh Thmey village on Saturday, where the National Institute of Animal Health and Production found an outbreak that had infected three chickens on January 9.
15th Jan 2018 - Khmer Times

New avian flu outbreak found in Phnom Penh


15th Jan 2018 - The Phnom Penh Post

Town quarantined, 609 birds killed over bird flu in Turkey's southeast

In Turkey, at least 609 birds were killed and a town was quarantined in the southeastern province of Mardin when authorities detected two birds were carrying avian influenza in the suburban Kızıltepe County on Jan. 13. Inspections are ongoing in the southeastern province regarding the disease
15th Jan 2018 - Hurriyet Daily News

Another case of bird flu suspected at farm near Seoul

In South Korea, a new case of suspected bird flu has been detected at a chicken farm near Seoul, the agriculture ministry said, amid a widespread outbreak of the avian influenza in the country's southwestern duck farming region. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said suspected avian influenza was reported at a farm in Gimpo, west of Seoul. The farm, which has 500 chickens, said 10 of them died the previous day. It will take one or two days to confirm if the case is a highly pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus.
15th Jan 2018 - Yonhap News

Experts call for govt intervention to prevent bird flu outbreak in WC

In South Africa, some experts are warning that another avian flu outbreak is imminent come winter if government doesn’t urgently intervene. The Klapmuts Bird Clinic’s Doctor Deon de Beer warns that if government doesn’t intervene - farmers may experience yet another outbreak when the weather gets cold: "Unfortunately we cannot win a biological battle if government stops working at 4, and start working again on Monday at 8 or 9. Unfortunately, disease control doesn’t work like that, so the government is definitely not doing enough."
15th Jan 2018 - Eyewitness News

Duck farm in Yunlin hit by avian flu, 3915 birds culled

In Taiwan, a duck farm in Yunlin County has been confirmed as being infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus, leading to the culling of 3,915 ducks, a Council of Agriculture bureau said. This was the fourth case of bird flu reported in Yunlin and the sixth in Taiwan this year, said Shih Tai-hua, deputy director-general of the bureau
14th Jan 2018 - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Iran Culls Millions of Chickens to Curb Bird Flu: Official

In Iran, more than 17 million chickens have been culled over the past ten months as part of efforts to control avian flu, the head of Iran Veterinary Organization said. According to the official, 15 provinces in Iran witnessed the outbreak of avian flu.
14th Jan 2018 - Tasnim News Agency


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Culling of 92000 chickens begins in Japan after bird flu detected

Local authorities in western Japan's Kagawa Prefecture began culling about 92,000 chickens after the highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza was detected. The outbreak was confirmed at a poultry farm in the city of Sanuki as the chickens tested positive in genetic tests, making it the first bird flu case affecting livestock in Japan this season
13th Jan 2018 - The Mainichi

Japan starts chicken cull after confirming bird flu outbreak


13th Jan 2018 - Yahoo Finance UK

Japan starts chicken cull after confirming bird flu outbreak


13th Jan 2018 - Channel NewsAsia

Japan starts culling chicken after confirming bird flu outbreak


12th Jan 2018 - Reuters

Japanese authorities battle bird flu outbreak


12th Jan 2018 - Poultry World

Bird flu gives a scare, doctors say all is safe

In India, doctors are reassuring people after one case of avian flu was found in a chicken recently. They explain how the avian flu virus would spread to a human and that no human infections have occurred in the country so far. While the suspected outbreak of Avian Influenza at a poultry farm near Bengaluru has been contained, report of samples sent from Mandya to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases came back as negative to any form of bird flu that is lethal to humans
13th Jan 2018 - The New Indian Express

Bengaluru bird flu: Chicken safe for consumption, says Karnataka animal husbandry minister


13th Jan 2018 - The New Indian Express

Bhopal lab quells fears of bird flu

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13th Jan 2018 - Deccan Chronicle

Bird flu confirmed in 17 wild animals in Dorset

In the UK, bird flu has been confirmed in 17 wild birds in Dorset, the Government has said. A virus closely related to the H5N6 avian flu strain led the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to declare a prevention zone around the affected area. Defra insisted the strain was not a food safety risk for shoppers, and Public Health England said the risk to people’s health was “very low”
13th Jan 2018 - The Independent

Poultry keepers told to be 'extra cautious' as Defra expects more bird flu cases


13th Jan 2018 - Farming UK

Bird flu found in wild birds in UK's Dorset but risk to humans, poultry low


12th Jan 2018 - Reuters

Taiwan bans poultry from Japan following outbreak of avian flu

Taiwan issued a new ban on Japanese poultry after an H5 strain of avian flu was detected in Japan's Kagawa Prefecture that led to the culling of 92,000 chickens. The Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine on Friday listed Japan as an epidemic region for the highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza and reinstated a ban on the import of its poultry that was only lifted on Monday. This news comes on the heels of reported outbreaks of the avian influenza throughout Japan, South Korea and Europe.
13th Jan 2018 - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Two more farms infected with avian flu

In Taiwan, two more poultry farms in Pingtung County have been infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 strain and another H5 subtype, following an alert issued on Friday regarding an avian flu outbreak in Japan and other countries, the Council of Agriculture said
13th Jan 2018 - Taipei Times

H7N9 avian flu fatality reported in Xinjiang

The Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission reported on an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9), this one from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. This is the 14th case reported from this region. The 72-year-old male patient died on January 10. He had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms.
12th Jan 2018 - Outbreak News Today


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Japan confirms first bird flu case in livestock this winter

A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has killed chickens at a poultry farm in Kagawa Prefecture according to the prefectural government, making it the first bird flu outbreak affecting livestock in the nation this winter season. On Thursday night the Kagawa Prefectural Government announced that a positive result in genetic tests confirmed that the disease was caused by a pathogenic strain of influenza virus.
11th Jan 2018 - The Japan Times

The flu pandemic clock is ticking: Are we ready?

Many experts say a flu pandemic is clearly on the horizon, so the question is– Are we ready for a flu pandemic? CIDRAP director, Michael Osterholm PhD, says- not so much -as he outlined in a NY Times op-ed earlier this week. He discusses his views on why he believes we are woefully unprepared for the coming flu pandemic
11th Jan 2018 - Outbreak News Today

Namibia resumes poultry imports from Belgium

Namibia has lifted a ban on poultry from Belgium after outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu in the Western European country caused trade to be suspended in June, the government said
11th Jan 2018 - Reuters

Eleven districts along state border on bird flu alert

In India, eleven districts of Maharashtra have been put on alert for bird flu after a reported outbreak of the avian influenza virus in some areas of neighbouring Karnataka. However, state animal husbandry department officials confirmed that nearly 7,000 samples were inspected at the Pune-based National Institute for Virology laboratory and none of them tested positive
11th Jan 2018 - The Asian Age

Japan starts chicken cull after confirming bird flu outbreak

Japan’s western Kagawa prefecture has begun a cull of 91,000 chickens after the discovery of a highly contagious form of bird flu on a farm, the local government said. The confirmation of the outbreak, which was reported earlier in the week, marked the country’s first cases of bird flu in poultry this winter.
11th Jan 2018 - Reuters


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Japan reports first suspected bird flu case in poultry this winter

Japan’s agriculture ministry on Wednesday reported a suspected case of bird flu in Kagawa prefecture, western Japan, potentially marking the country’s first bird flu outbreak in poultry this winter. The ministry said chickens at a farm in the area of Sanuki city in Kagawa tested positive in a preliminary examination on Wednesday for highly pathogenic avian influenza. The government may order all 100,000 chickens at the farm to be culled if the results of genetic tests confirm the infection
10th Jan 2018 - Reuters

Japan reports first suspected bird flu case


10th Jan 2018 - TODAY.ng

Japan govt confirms suspected bird flu case in western Japan


10th Jan 2018 - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Japan reports first suspected bird flu case


10th Jan 2018 - Punch

First Suspected Bird Flu Case in Poultry This Winter Reported in Japan


10th Jan 2018 - New Tang Dynasty Television

Japan MAFF: Investigating Suspected Avian Flu In Kagawa Prefecture


10th Jan 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Japan reports first suspected bird flu case in poultry this winter


10th Jan 2018 - Business Insider

Dangerous outbreak of bird flu in Iraq

Iraq has reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic bird flu strand, prompting the government to cull thousands of birds in a bid to stop the disease from spreading in the country. According to the OIE, the virus was discovered at a farm in Diyala province at the end of 2017. The avian influenza strain H5N8 killed 7,250 birds before Iraqi officials culled the remaining 35,750, the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture reported.
10th Jan 2018 - Kurdistan 24

Highly pathogenic avian flu outbreak (H5N8) in poultry in Iraq


10th Jan 2018 - MesVaccins.net

No new bird flu cases reported in WC

In South Africa, the Western Cape may finally be free of bird flu, at least in chickens. Western Cape Agriculture MEC Alan Winde says no new cases of avian influenza have been reported in recent weeks. “To date from October to now, there have been no new cases in unaffected poultry farms. However, the vets are still detecting the virus, specifically amongst swift terns in wildbirds.”
10th Jan 2018 - Eyewitness News

Spread of avian influenza in WC poultry sector halted


10th Jan 2018 - Biz Community

We're not ready yet for a flu pandemic

As bad as this winter’s flu epidemic is, it won’t compare with the flu pandemic that is almost certainly on the horizon if we don’t dedicate energy and resources to a universal vaccine. Although the National Institutes of Health has publicly declared developing a vaccine a priority, it has only about $32 million this year specifically for such research. There is no apparent effort to make these vaccines a priority in the current administration of the United States
10th Jan 2018 - Gulf News.com

Bird flu scare in Karnataka: Maharashtra govt tells 6 districts to monitor health situation

In India, the Maharashtra government has issued an advisory to six districts to monitor the health situation after suspected cases of bird flu were reported in Karnataka. Health officials in Nanded, Sangli, Osmanabad, Latur, Kolhapur and Solapur, have been asked to raise awareness in poultry farms and look for possible infected cases in bordering villages
10th Jan 2018 - The Indian Express

UK reports H5N6 in wild swans as study assesses live-bird markets

In the latest avian flu outbreak developments, the UK reported its first detection of highly pathogenic H5N6, based on sampling from mute swans found dead, and South Korea reported another poultry farm outbreak involving the virus. In the latest research findings, scientists who have been watching avian flu virus levels in Cambodia's live market poultry reported higher levels since their last report, along with coinfections in the birds that pose a risk of emerging reassortant viruses.
10th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP


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K'taka outbreak: 11 Maha districts on bird flu alert

In Maharashtra State, India, eleven districts have been put on alert for bird flu after some areas of neighbouring Karnataka reported an outbreak of the avian influenza virus. Animal husbandry department officials said that nearly 7,000 samples were checked in the state and and none of them had tested positive
9th Jan 2018 - Times of India

Maharashtra takes preventive steps after bird-flu outbreak in Bengaluru


9th Jan 2018 - Mumbai Mirror

Maharashtra govt takes preventive measures after avian influenza outbreak in Bengaluru


9th Jan 2018 - First Post

Saudi H5N8 Update: 3 More Outbreaks & A Damaging Video

The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture (MEWA) reports only three new detections of H5N8 in the last 24 hours - all from `Darmaa' province - located about 70 km northwest of the Capital of Riyadh. Containment of avian flu in Saudi Arabia became more complicated when a (graphic) video went viral on Arabic social media (twitter) overnight showing cullers using primitive, inhumane methods (clubbing birds with sticks and shovels) in their depopulation efforts
9th Jan 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Swarm incursions of reassortants of HPAI virus strains H5N8 and H5N5, clade 2.3.4.4b, Germany, winter 2016/17

The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5Nx viruses in winter 2016/2017 was the most severe HPAI epizootic ever reported in Germany. The H5N8 and H5N5 viruses detected in birds in Germany in 2016/2017 represent a reassortant swarm of at least five distinct genotypes, which carried closely related HA segments derived from clade 2.3.4.4b
9th Jan 2018 - Crofsblogs.typepad.com

The spread of bird flu looks to have stopped in the Cape

In South Africa, the Western Cape minister of economic opportunities‚ Alan Winde‚ said on Tuesday that no new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed at previously uninfected poultry farms in the province since 31 October 2017. In December‚ though‚ there was a reoccurrence at a previously infected farm which was still under quarantine.
9th Jan 2018 - Times Live

J. Infect.: Pathogenicity & Transmissibility of 3 Avian H5N6 Viruses Isolated From Wild Birds

A series of snapshots of the Asian H5N6 avian flu virus taken in 2014-2015, published in the Journal of Infection finds a progression in replication and pathogenicity of H5N6 viruses isolated from wild birds in Southern China over time. This study deals with the Asian H5N6 virus which emerged in late 2013 and has caused at least 18 human infections in China, and is not the same lineage as the H5N6 viruses reported this fall in South Korea, Japan, and the Netherlands.
9th Jan 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Iraq culls 35,000 chickens amid bird flu outbreak

Tens of thousands of chickens have been culled after a wild bird brought the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N8 to a farm in Diyala, Iraq.
9th Jan 2018 - Global Meat News


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Case of bird flu detected at S. Korean duck farm

A new case of bird flu has been discovered at a duck farm in South Korea's southwestern region, the agriculture ministry said Monday, in the latest outbreak in the duck farming region. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said H5 avian influenza was detected at a farm in Naju, 355 kilometers south of Seoul, and culled all of the farm's 16,500 ducks.
8th Jan 2018 - Yonhap News Agency

Bird flu detected at South Korean duck farm


8th Jan 2018 - New Straits Times Online

Philippines may regain bird flu-free nation status by April–BAI

The Philippines could regain its bird flu-free status by April, a month later than the government’s target date, as authorities experienced delays in sanitizing the affected farm in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Animal Health and Welfare Division Chief Aryln Vytiaco said provincial veterinarians in Central Luzon were not able to complete the cleaning and disinfection of a farm struck by bird flu in Cabiao before Christmas.
8th Jan 2018 - Business Mirror

News Scan for Jan 08, 2018 - Saudi MERS cases; Next-gen flu vaccine grant; New H5N6 infection

China has reported another human H5N6 avian flu case, which involved a 3-year-old girl from Fujian province who had contact with live poultry before she became ill, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection said. The girl recovered after treatment, and so far her close contacts have not reported any symptoms. Her illness marks China's 18th involving H5N6 since the first human case was detected in 2014.
8th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP

Iraq, Afghanistan, other nations report avian flu outbreaks

In the latest avian flu developments, two more countries in the Middle East—Iraq and Afghanistan—reported highly pathogenic H5 outbreaks, and Germany reported its first H5N6 detection, according to separate reports from the World Organization for Animal Health. Elsewhere, Bangladesh reported another outbreak involving H5N1, and South Africa recently detected H5N8 again, this time in a wild bird.
8th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP

OIE Notification: H5N8 In Iraq

Although FluTrackers has had the Arabic language media reports for more than a week, today the OIE published the official notification of HPAI H5N8 in Dilaya, Iraq. While we've heard occasional (unconfirmed) reports of poultry deaths over the past year in Iraq, this is their first OIE notification since December of 2016. Iraq joins Iran, Saudi Arabia in reporting H5N8 outbreaks during this winter of 2017-18.
8th Jan 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Profile: China's top science award winner Hou Yunde

Hou Yunde, a scientist who dedicated himself to antiviral research, won China's top science award for his contribution in the field. Due to the efforts by Hou and other medical workers, China has set up an infectious disease detection system, effective within 72 hours, that can identify about 300 known pathogens and test unknown pathogens, including the H1N1 influenza virus, the H7N9 bird flu virus, Ebola virus, and the MERS virus
8th Jan 2018 - Xinhuanet.com

Iraq reports outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu: OIE

Iraq has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu in Diyala in the center of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. The virus was found on Dec. 27 at a farm of 43,000 birds and killed 7,250 of them, the OIE said
8th Jan 2018 - Reuters

Qatar free from bird flu: health ministry

The Ministry of Public Health said no cases of bird flu have been registered in Qatar. The ministry said bird flu is closely and continuously monitored by the National Influenza Centre, which periodically scans samples to monitor the types of viruses and to detect their strains and epidemiological patterns
8th Jan 2018 - Gulf Times


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China: CHP notified of human case of H5N6 avian influenza A in Fujian

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health (January 5) received notification of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Fujian, China, from the National Health and Family Planning Commission. The case involved a three-year-old girl, who had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms. The patient had recovered after medical treatment and her close contacts remain asymptomatic.
7th Jan 2018 - Crofsblogs.typepad.com

CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Fujian


7th Jan 2018 - SatPRnews

H5N6 avian influenza confirmed in Fujian province, China child


6th Jan 2018 - Outbreak News Today

Outbreak of bird flu in Karnataka; Maharashtra border districts on alert

In India, officials of the Maharahstra Animal Husbandry Department have been put on alert along districts near the Karnataka border after an outbreak of H5 avian influenza was reported at Dasarahalli village in Bengaluru Urban district. Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Commissioner Kantilal Umap, however, assured that the situation was being monitored and “there was no need for alarm”.
6th Jan 2018 - The Indian Express

Outbreak of bird flu in Karnataka puts border districts on alert


7th Jan 2018 - NYOOOZ

TN on high alert as Karnataka reports bird flu outbreak


7th Jan 2018 - Times of India

Avian flu leads to culling of 10,000 birds at Taiwan chicken farm

In Taiwan, according to the Yunlin County's Animal and Plant Disease Control Center, a chicken farm has been identified to be infected with a subtype of the H5 avian influenza virus which has led to the slaughtering of 10,461 birds as a preventive measure to stop the disease from spreading. On Monday, a similar case was reported in the county's Yuanchang Township where 15,239 birds were culled as a result of the avian flu
6th Jan 2018 - Taiwan News

Chicken farm in Yunlin hit by avian flu, 10461 birds culled


7th Jan 2018 - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Saudi MEWA: 11 new cases of H5N8 - Jan 6th

The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water & Agriculture (MEWA) continues to provide detailed daily updates on their battle against the recently arrived (announced Dec 20th) H5N8 avian flu virus. Saturday's update, with 11 new outbreaks listed from 4 different locations, indicates just how tough a job they are facing.
7th Jan 2018 - afludiary.blogspot.com

As H5N6 hits more poultry, researchers test threat of earlier strain - CIDRAP

In research developments, two different groups that conducted lab experiments to gauge the threat of H5N6 to mammals and poultry found that the virus doesn't easily spread by the airborne route among ferrets, though it can infect ducks, chickens, and mice, and can cause severe disease in mice, which may signal a threat to other mammals.
5th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP

Bulgarian firm buys AgriLabs

The Bulgarian company Huvepharma announced Friday that it has acquired the human and animal health firm AgriLabs. Steve Schram, president and CEO for AgriLabs, said the change will help it accelerate the further development of the first vaccines ever licensed for chickens due to recent outbreaks of avian influenza, after an announcement in November.
5th Jan 2018 - News-Press Now

Poultry owners told to keep birds indoors 'til spring after Avian flu prevention zone period extended

In the UK, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that has been in place since 6 December will be extended until 28 February to help protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu, the Chief Veterinary Officer has announced. Public Health England advises that the risk to public health remains very low
5th Jan 2018 - Smallholder


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Bird flu alert in Bengaluru: What is avian influenza? Symptoms of H5N1 virus in humans; prevention tips

In India, after eight chickens died of suspected bird flu on December 29, the Karnataka health and family welfare department started awareness campaigns to prevent the spread of the H5N1 virus in the surrounding areas. On Wednesday, as many as 900 fowls were culled after H5N1 virus was detected in a dead bird at a chicken shop
4th Jan 2018 - Times Now

Flu scare: Officials start culling birds in Bengaluru


4th Jan 2018 - Deccan Chronicle

Bengaluru: 900 fowls culled; health department runs awareness campaign to contain bird flu


4th Jan 2018 - Economic Times

UAE bans import of live birds from Netherlands

The UAE has banned the import of live birds from the Netherlands following an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said on Thursday. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) issued a notification of the outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu, H5N8, in the Flevoland province of the Netherlands that led to destroying more than 150,000 chicken
4th Jan 2018 - Gulf News

Netherlands chicken and egg imports latest to be banned by UAE


4th Jan 2018 - The National

UAE bans import of live birds from the Netherlands over bird flu strain


4th Jan 2018 - The Gulf Today

South Korea beefs up quarantine measures against bird flu

South Korea's agriculture ministry said Thursday that quarantine measures will be intensified against bird flu, as the latest outbreak in Gyeonggi Province has raised concerns with little over a month left before the start of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs heightened its alert level of avian influenza (AI) after a H5N6 strain was confirmed at a layer chicken farm in Pocheon, 45 kilometers north of Seoul, earlier in the day
4th Jan 2018 - Yonhap News Agency

Iowa State University avian influenza in small birds and rodents

Iowa State University research found no evidence that small wild birds and rodents were possible sources of the avian influenza virus that decimated Iowa poultry flocks in 2015. Jim Adelman, an assistant professor in natural resource ecology and management, and Kyoung-Jin Yoon, professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, were the co-principal investigators who studied wild birds and rodents around poultry operations to see if they carried the virus or had been exposed to it.
4th Jan 2018 - High Plains Journal


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South Korea Reports More HPAI H5N6 In Poultry & Wild Birds

While a far cry from last year's record HPAI H5 epizootic (300+ farms infected, 30 million birds culled), South Korea's struggles against avian flu continue this winter with the arrival of a newly reassorted H5N6 virus in November, and sporadic detections of both LPAI and HPAI outbreaks in wild birds.
3rd Jan 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

High-path H5N6 Bird Flu Detected at South Jeolla Province Poultry Farms


3rd Jan 2018 - The Poultry Site.com

New bird flu case discovered in South Korea


3rd Jan 2018 - Yahoo! News India

900 fowls culled in Bengaluru to contain bird flu

In Bengaluru, India, as many as 900 fowls were culled after the avian influenza virus was detected in a dead bird, civic officials said. Although the virus does not usually infect people, it can cause fever, diarrhoea, respiratory illnesses in some affected people. The Animal Husbandry Department had on Tuesday declared an area of 1km radius from where the bird was found dead as the "infected zone" and an area of 10km radius as the "surveillance" zone.
3rd Jan 2018 - Zee News

Bengaluru: Dead chicken tests positive for bird flu


3rd Jan 2018 - The New Indian Express

OIE Reports Three More HPAI Outbreaks in Riyadh

Dr Ali Al Doweriej, Director General of Veterinary Health and Monitoring Department, has reported three further outbreaks of high-path H5N8 bird flu, all in Riyadh. According to a follow-up report sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the affected population consists of backyard birds
3rd Jan 2018 - The Poultry Site.com

Hong Kong suspends import of poultry products from French area over bird flu outbreak

Food safety authority of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has decided to suspend import of poultry products from Landes Department in southwestern France over an outbreak of bird flu.
3rd Jan 2018 - Xinhua

Official Allays Fears of Avian Flu Among Humans

The deadly avian flu infecting chickens across Iran cannot be passed on to humans, according to WHO, and consumers need not worry about egg and chicken consumption, the secretary-general of Iran’s Union of Producers of Egg-Laying Hen said. “The acute avian flu, including strains of H1N5 and H1N, cannot be transmitted to humans unless one is in direct contact with the carcass of infected chicken or their dung,” Farzad Talakesh was also quoted as saying. In response to rumors circulating on the social media, the official said there has been no report of human infection yet.
3rd Jan 2018 - Financial Tribune

H5N2 bird flu confirmed in central Taiwan

In Taiwan, the Pingtung and Yunlin County government confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza subtype H5N2 in over 15,000 chickens. Associate director of the Executive Yuan Agricultural Committee, Huang Chin-chengsaid that last December the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection had declared the infected area at high risk for avian flu
3rd Jan 2018 - Taiwan News

Bird flu: There is no need to panic, says doctor

In India, in the wake of a bird flu scare, doctors say there is no reason to panic as the chances of the virus infecting a human is very remote. V. Ravi, head of the Department of Neurovirology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, advised against any panic and said only those who are in contact with infected birds and health workers examining poultry workers are at risk. “Not even a single case of bird flu among human beings has been reported in India,” he said.
3rd Jan 2018 - The Hindu


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Avian flu scare hits city

Fears of an outbreak of avian flu gripped Bengaluru in India with at least one confirmed case of a chicken infected with the H5N1 virus reported at Dasarahalli. This comes after a gap of more than five years with bird flu last reported in the city in October 2012. Following the confirmation, all chicken stalls in Dasarahalli were immediately shut down to prevent spread of the virus, and measures are being taken to cull chicken in the area, said BBMP commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad
2nd Jan 2018 - The Hindu

Fresh bout of bird flu hits city


2nd Jan 2018 - Deccan Herald

UAE bans eggs, meat products from Russia over H5N2 bird flu Strain

Based on a notification from the OIE of the outbreak H5N2 on a farm in Russia that led to the death of more than 660,000 birds, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment announced that it has banned the import of all species of domestic and wild live birds, ornamental birds, chicks, hatching eggs, meats and meat products and non-heat-treated wastes from the affected region and from previously infected provinces
2nd Jan 2018 - The Gulf Today

UAE bans birds from parts of Russia


2nd Jan 2018 - Gulf News.com

South Korea culls more than 654,000 birds to stem spread of bird flu

In South Korea, quarantine workers have culled birds since mid-November when the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain hit a duck farm in Gochang, about 240 kilometers southwest of Seoul. Last year, South Korea was forced to cull more than 30 million birds to contain the worst outbreak of bird flu in the country's history.
2nd Jan 2018 - Post Online Media

Imports Blocked Following Bird Flu Outbreak in Saudi Arabia

The United Arab Emirates has blocked all poultry imports from Saudi Arabia following an outbreak of bird flu in its capital Riyadh. UAE took action on Christmas Eve imposing the ban after an outbreak of a highly contagious H5N8 strain of the disease in the Azizia market in Riyadh.
2nd Jan 2018 - The Poultry Site


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Egypt slaughters 17,500 poultry after bird flu outbreak reported

Egypt has slaughtered more than 17,500 poultry in a farm where bird flu cases were reported in the Dakahlia governorate (Delta), said Head of Veterinary Medicine Directorate, Abdel Moneim Al Mongy, on Saturday.
1st Jan 2018 - Crofsblogs.typepad.com

Britain put on bird flu alert after two serious outbreaks near the Dutch coast

Britain has been put on bird flu alert after two serious outbreaks near the Dutch coast. Nearly 60 swans and poultry found dead this month all tested positive for the virus. Scientists fear there is a risk wild birds migrating could spread the bug to the UK. The highly-infectious H5N6 strain has hit many species in Asia and has also passed to humans
31st Dec 2017 - The Sun

Bird flu spreads ahead of Olympics

In South Korea, authorities are on alert to contain the spread of avian influenza ahead of the PyeongChang Olympics in February, after highly pathogenic strains were confirmed at Anseong in Gyeonggi Province and Cheonan in South Chungcheong Province, Sunday. Authorities said the H5N6 strain which broke out at duck farms has similar levels of contagiousness and pathogenicity as the H5N1 type which wreaked the greatest scale of damage last year.
31st Dec 2017 - The Korea Times

Additional bird flu case confirmed at duck farm in central S. Korea

South Korea has confirmed a fresh case of avian influenza at a duck farm in the southwestern region, the agriculture ministry said, raising alarms in the major poultry production region already infected with highly pathogenic bird flu. The H5N6-strain bird flu was detected on a farm with 35,000 ducks in Yeongam, 380 kilometers south of Seoul, while quarantine officials were conducting an inspection in the county
30th Dec 2017 - Yonhap News Agency

Pampanga poultry farms cleared of avian flu

In the Philippines, the Bureau of Animal Industry has announced that poultry farms in Pampanga have been cleared of the bird flu virus, which saw an outbreak in August, temporarily restricting poultry transport in Luzon. Based on the latest laboratory test results, sentinel birds that were raised in 4 affected poultry farms in Barangay San Carlos in San Luis town tested negative from the avian flu virus.
29th Dec 2017 - ABS-CBN News

S. Korean Government to Develop Bird Flu Emergency Response System

South Korean health authorities have set out plans for a bird flu emergency response system that will include an antigen bank and emergency vaccine supplies. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced the plans after a safety investigation task force launched by the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency found vulnerabilities in emergency response measures. After concluding that regular vaccinations could raise the risk of human infection with the avian influenza virus, the task force decided to create an antigen bank that could be of use in emergency situations
29th Dec 2017 - The Korea Bizwire

Saudi closes Medina central market to contain outbreak of H5N8

The Saudi authorities have stepped up preventive measures to contain the outbreak of the bird flu (H5N8) across the country, according to Al Mowaten newspaper. The municipal authorities in Medina have shut down the central market in co-ordination with the General Directorate for Agricultural Affairs
29th Dec 2017 - Gulf Digital News

Different strains of bird flu emerging around the world

Different strains of bird flu have been reported to the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) by nations around the globe over the Christmas period. These include H5N6 in South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, H5N8 in Russia and H5N1 in Bangladesh. They follow reports shortly before Christmas of cases of H5N8 in poultry in Italy, which involved 17,000 birds at a fattening farm in Emilia-Romagana region and two detections in wild birds of the H5N6 virus in the Netherlands.
29th Dec 2017 - Poultry World

Russia reports outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu: OIE

Russia has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the central region of Kostromskaya Oblast that led to the death of more than 660,000 birds, the OIE said. The virus killed more than 44,000 birds in an outbreak first detected on Dec. 17, the OIE said, citing a report from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture
29th Dec 2017 - Reuters

Un foyer de grippe aviaire H5N2 découvert en Russie


29th Dec 2017 - Yahoo News France

Russia Faces Bird Flu Outbreak


29th Dec 2017 - MedPage Today

Russia Reports Virulent H5N2 Bird Flu at 660,000-bird Farm


29th Dec 2017 - Voice of America

Russia reports outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu


30th Dec 2017 - AOL


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Saudi MEWA: H5N8 Confirmed In Al-Ahsa - Eastern Province

Until today, in the little more than a week since it was first identified in Saudi Arabia, detections of H5N8 have been centered in and around the capital city Riyadh and in surrounding Riyadh province. Now the virus has been found at a poultry facility in Al-Ahsa, in the Eastern Province - some 300 km to the east
28th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Saudi Arabia: Infectious H5N8 bird flu spreads to two more governorates in Riyadh


28th Dec 2017 - Crofsblogs.typepad.com

Bahrain Bans Poultry Imports from Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Bahrain has banned poultry imports from Saudi Arabia amid a reported bird flu outbreak there in the past week. According to DT News, spokespersons of Health Ministry and Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry confirmed that the Kingdom is taking all the necessary precautionary procedures to prevent the reported outbreak from reaching Bahrain
28th Dec 2017 - The Poultry Site.com

South Korea: MAFRA Confirms H5N6 At Jeonnam Goheung Duck Farm

South Korea - which has so far detected two different strains of the recently arrived reassorted (European origin) H5N6 virus - continues to report both widely scattered environmental (wild bird feces) LPAI & HPAI viruses, and sporadic poultry outbreaks of HPAI H5N6 in the six weeks since this fall's bird flu season began. Last Saturday, MAFRA Reported the 4th Duck Farm Hit By HPAI H5N6, and today there is another confirmed outbreak, this time on the south coast (Jeonnam Goheung) of South Korea
28th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Bird flu outbreak in Kampong Thom

In Cambodia, Health Ministry officials said H5N1 has spread to Kampong Thom province’s Stoung district following a recent outbreak in Kampong Cham province. However, experts have yet to find any case of human infection. Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said that while the infection has not yet spread to humans, ministry experts were monitoring the situation very carefully
28th Dec 2017 - Khmer Times


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UAE Bans Poultry Imports from Saudi Arabia Following H5N8 Bird Flu Outbreak

The United Arab Emirates has announced a ban on poultry imports from Saudi Arabia following a reported outbreak of a bird flu in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment took the measure following a notification from the Gulf Early Warning Centre of the outbreak of a "highly contagious" strain of bird flu, H5N8, in the Azizia market in Riyadh, the UAE state news agency WAM reported.
27th Dec 2017 - The Poultry Site.com

UAE bans poultry meat from Riyadh


25th Dec 2017 - Trade Arabia

UAE bans poultry imports from Saudi Arabia following bird flu outbreak


24th Dec 2017 - Xinhua

Iran poultry farms hit hard by culling of 16m chicken

Major egg producing Iranian provinces, namely Qazvin, Tehran, Alborz and East Azarbaijan, are dealing with an outbreak of avian flu, which has led to the culling of 16 million chicken and a rise in egg prices, the chairman of the board of directors at Tehran’s Union of Producers of Egg-Laying Chicken said.
25th Dec 2017 - Customs Today

Iran's Hidden Bird Flu Burden


26th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Taiwan Reports Low-Path H5N6 Bird Flu

Dr Tai-Hwa Shih, Chief Veterinary Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in Taipei, has reported two outbreaks of the H5N6 strain of low pathogenic avian influenza at two farms located in Zhushan, a township in Taiwan. The outbreak, which was initially observed on 19 December was confirmed on 24 December after reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and gene sequencing tests were carried out on 21 December and 24 December respectively at the Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI). Both tests gave out positive results.
27th Dec 2017 - The Poultry Site.com

Low-Path H5N6 Bird Flu Reported in Taiwan


27th Dec 2017 - The Poultry Site.com

OIE Notified Of HPAI H5N1 In Crows - Bangladesh

While once a major hotbed of H5N1 activity, including the detection of 8 human cases, reports have become far more sporadic from Bangladesh over the past few years with only one outbreak reported in all of 2016. Today, however, the OIE is reporting two incidents in Dhaka - roughly less than 5 miles apart and on the same day (11/25/17) - involving the deaths of 63 crows
27th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Cambodia: More Media Reports Of H5N1

On December 9th we looked at Media Reports Of An H5N1 Outbreak In Cambodia, which was quickly confirmed by the OIE. On December 22nd the Cambodian MOH posted a statement suggesting the earlier outbreaks continue to spread
27th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Russia: Follow Up & OIE Notification Of H5N8 Outbreak In Kostroma

A week ago FluTrackers (h/t Gert van der Hoek) posted a Russian media report of a subtype H5 avian flu outbreak in the Kostroma Region, roughly 200 miles north and east of Moscow. The OIE Has confirmed this outbreak to be HPAI H5N8 , and the number of birds affected to exceed 660,000
27th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Six countries report more avian flu outbreaks

A handful of countries reported new avian flu outbreaks over the past few days that involved different strains, including H5N6 in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, H5N1 in Bangladesh and Cambodia, and H5N8 in Russia.
27th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP


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S. Korea Kills 201000 Birds to Stem Spread of Bird Flu

South Korean quarantine officials have slaughtered 201,000 birds in the country’s southwestern areas to contain the spread of avian influenza, an official said. Quarantine workers culled the ducks between Nov. 18 and Friday, said an official handling the issue at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The culling came after the highly pathogenic H5N6 strain hit four duck farms in Jeongeup, Gochang and Yeongam in the country’s southwest
26th Dec 2017 - The Korea Bizwire

S. Korea confirms highly pathogenic AI at another duck farm

The South Korean government has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza at a local duck farm, raising the total number of contaminated farms to four throughout the country. The H5N6 bird flu was discovered on the farm with 29,000 ducks in Jeongeup, 260 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
23rd Dec 2017 - Korea Herald

Two dead birds test positive for H5 avian flu virus, Hong Kong authorities say

Two dead birds found at different locations in Hong Kong tested positive for the H5 avian flu virus on Friday, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said. Further tests are being carried out to confirm the results, while both sites where the birds’ bodies were discovered have been thoroughly disinfected, according to authorities.
23rd Dec 2017 - South China Morning Post

Saudi government on top of efforts to contain H5N8 avian flu outbreak

In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture reported that the country’s food security is safe after H5N8 avian flu cases had been reported in the capital. “We are monitoring all poultry farms and incubation chambers all over the Kingdom. We, in fact, had a similar case in 2007, and we were capable of protecting our food,” the ministry’s spokesman told Arab News
24th Dec 2017 - Arab News

Saudi Arabia confirms H5N8 bird flu outbreak: OIE

Saudi Arabia has confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu in Riyadh that led to the culling of nearly 16,000 ducks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Friday. The highly pathogenic H5N8 strain infected and killed 14 birds at a non-specified location in the Saudi capital. The other birds in a flock of around 60,000 exposed to the virus were culled, the report said
22nd Dec 2017 - Reuters

Netherlands, Italy report new avian flu outbreaks

In ongoing avian flu activity in Europe, the Netherlands reported two more highly pathogenic H5N6 outbreaks in wild bird species, and Italy reported another highly pathogenic H5N8 poultry outbreak. Also, European public health agencies posted updated risk assessments regarding both viruses
22nd Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

Did the NIH Just Open the Door to the Next Killer Pandemic?

The NIH has released guidelines for studying viruses like bird flu, including a code of ensuring ethical justifiability, safety precautions, and that the pathogen in question could be reasonably expected to affect humans. The hope is to ensure safety while encouraging continued scientific progress. But a contingent of scientists believe the research could be dangerous. One prominent group was the Cambridge Working Group, which collected concerned scientists to speak out publicly on why they saw research into extremely contagious viruses like bird flu—and also smallpox and anthrax—as dangerous and ask that the moratorium move from being temporary to being legally binding and permanent
22nd Dec 2017 - The Daily Beast

Philippines reports 4th H5N6 avian influenza outbreak since August

Dr Enrico Garzon, Assistant Secretary for Livestock, Bureau of Animal Industry, Department of Agriculture, Quezon City, Philippines reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) an additional outbreak of Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N6 virus. This is the fourth such outbreak in the Philippines since Aug. 2017. The current outbreak was reported in a farm in Nueva Ecija province in Central Luzon
22nd Dec 2017 - Outbreak News Today


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The NIH Lifted a Ban on Deadly Mutant Virus Research—Here's Why

The NIH has lifted a ban on “gain-of-function” research —the kind of research that requires genetically modifying viruses to make them more deadly or more contagious. Many people worry about the potential for a lab-made disease outbreak. But gain-of-function research has important implications for developing vaccines, and virologists that Gizmodo spoke to felt the work is misunderstood.
21st Dec 2017 - Gizmodo

Avian Flu: France not ready to use H5N8 vaccine

Ceva Animal Health Labs in France have perfected a vaccine against H5N8 which is targeted at ducks, but is not being used yet. The Agriculture ministry says it is not considering a flu vaccine prevention strategy at this time
21st Dec 2017 - Sud Ouest

H5N6 outbreak in the Netherlands unlikely to pose major risks to Singapore

The recent H5N6 bird flu outbreak in the Netherlands is unlikely to pose major risks to the human population in Singapore even as migratory birds make their way to the Republic to spend the winter, experts said. The Netherlands confirmed an outbreak of the highly contagious bird flu on Dec 7. Bird scientist David Tan said the likelihood of a migratory bird from the Netherlands making it to Singapore is "extremely low".
21st Dec 2017 - Gov.sg

Officials checking if bird flu killed chickens

In Cambodia, about 30 chickens became sick and died in Kampong Cham’s Chamkar Leu district and authorities do not yet know the reason because the owners of the chickens only reported the incident after they buried their dead birds. Earlier this month, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported that the bird flu (H5N1 virus) had appeared in Kampong Cham province
21st Dec 2017 - Khmertimeskh.com

Two types of highly pathogenic bird flu detected in S. Korea: quarantine agency

South Korea's quarantine agency said at least two strains of highly pathogenic avian influenza have entered the nation via migratory birds this winter. The Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (APQA) announced the results of DNA analysis into viruses detected at two duck farms in Gochang and Yeongam. The virus discovered in Gochang on Nov. 19 was the H5N6 bird flu, which arose from the reassortment between a highly pathogenic H5N8 that spread in Europe in late 2016 and a low-pathogenic N6 virus, the APQA said.
21st Dec 2017 - UkrAgroConsult


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US lifts ban on genetically modifying viruses to make them more deadly

Scientists eager to genetically engineer viruses to become even more deadly in order to understand how pandemics arise have been given the green light in the United States. President Trump’s Federal Government has ended a three-year moratorium on allowing such research to be funded. The moratorium was introduced after experts raised fears that such ‘monster’ germs could possibly escape laboratories — unleashing the very kind of pandemic they intended to avert
21st Dec 2017 - News.com.au

Gain-of-Function research on influenza, MERS funding pause lifted


20th Dec 2017 - Outbreak News Today

US Ban On Research Making Deadly Viruses Deadlier Has Just Been Lifted


20th Dec 2017 - IFLScience

Critics applaud cautiously as US lifts ban on making lethal viruses


20th Dec 2017 - Domain-b

US lifts moratorium on studying pathogens capable of creating a viral pandemic -


20th Dec 2017 - National Post

South Korea Reports `Second Strain" Of Newly Reassorted H5N6 Virus

Today, via a short announcement from South Korea's MAFRA and an English language media report from China, we learned that a second strain of H5N6 has been identified in South Korea. Although the differences were slight - and thus far, unspecified - they are a reminder that these HPAI viruses are a work in progress; that they continue to evolve, occasionally manage to reassort with other viruses, and can (potentially) adapt to other hosts over time
20th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

South Korea detects two highly pathogenic strains of bird flu


20th Dec 2017 - Agencia Efe

Highly pathogenic bird flu found in S.Korea: quarantine agency

The viruses, which were detected in Gochang on Nov. 19 and in Yeongam on Dec. 10, were highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) of H5N6 strain, which is a genetic reassortment of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain originating from Europe and the low ...
20th Dec 2017 - Xinhua News Agency

Highly pathogenic bird flu found in South Korea


20th Dec 2017 - POST Online Media

Two types of highly pathogenic bird flu detected in S. Korea: quarantine agency


20th Dec 2017 - Yonhap News Agency

Saudi Arabia: MEWA Announces HPAI H5N8 Detected In Riyadh

Today Saudi Arabia's MEWA (Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture) announced the detection of Highly Pathogenic H5N8 among birds at a market in Riyadh. While other Middle Eastern countries have reported HPAI H5N8 over the past year, this seems to be the first outbreak in poultry in KSA
20th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Russia: Rosselkhoznadzor Reports Avian H5 In Kostroma Region

Overnight FluTrackers picked up a Russian media report of an avian flu outbreak in the Kostroma Region, roughly 200 miles north and east of Moscow. Thus far, the scattered reports of avian flu we've seen coming out of Russia this fall (see Russia: Rosselkhoznadzor Reports Avian H5 Detected In Rostov Region) have all been reported as being HPAI H5N8, similar to last winter's epizootic strain.
20th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com


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U.S. lifts funding ban on studies that enhance dangerous germs

The U.S. government on Tuesday lifted a 2014 temporary ban on funding research involving the flu and other pathogens in which scientists deliberately make them more transmissible or more deadly. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins said the funding ban was lifted after the Department of Health and Human Services issued a framework to guide decisions over work involving enhanced pathogens with the potential to cause a pandemic
19th Dec 2017 - Reuters

Feds lift gain-of-function research pause, offer guidance


19th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

US Lifts Moratorium on Funding Controversial, High-Risk Virus Research


19th Dec 2017 - Scientific American

NIH lifts 3-year ban on funding risky virus studies


19th Dec 2017 - Science Magazine

Notice Announcing the Removal of the Funding Pause for Gain-of-Function Research Projects


19th Dec 2017 - Grants.nih.gov

U.S. lifts moratorium on funding controversial, high-risk virus research


19th Dec 2017 - STAT

US government lifts ban on risky pathogen research


19th Dec 2017 - Nature.com

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted


19th Dec 2017 - New York Times

U.S. lifts research moratorium on enhancing germs’ danger


19th Dec 2017 - Washington Post

Public awareness of avian influenza needed as migratory birds return to Europe

WHO/Europe calls on the public to remain vigilant about avian influenza virus outbreaks in poultry and wild birds. Since some avian influenza viruses can infect humans, it is important that people in countries experiencing outbreaks take protective steps and avoid unnecessary contact with sick and dead birds.
19th Dec 2017 - WHO Europe

Avian flu gives poultry farmers no respite

About a month ago, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) re-evaluated the risk of avian influenza . It considered the risk of H5 introduction and spread across Germany in poultry flocks "likely". Previously, the risk assessment was still at "low to moderate." High-risk areas include the wintering areas of waterfowl, Lake Constance, the Rhine and other waterways, as well as the North and Baltic Seas.
19th Dec 2017 - Top Agrar online


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DA eyes March timetable to declare Luzon bird flu-free

In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture said it may declare Luzon free of avian influenza by March following the culling of 42,000 chickens in Candaba, Pampanga in late November. Animal Health and Welfare Development officer-in-charge Dr. Arlyn Asteria V. Vytiaco said that the DA is in the process of checking infected areas through the introduction of sentinel birds.
19th Dec 2017 - BusinessWorld Online

Netherlands Media: Avian Flu At Scharrel Mountain Zoo in Biddinghuizen

Although nothing has been posted on the Netherlands's Rijksoverheid (government) website, or by the Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute, multiple Dutch media sources are reporting an avian flu outbreak at the open-range Scharrel Mountain petting Zoo in Biddinghuizen. Tests are underway to determine if this outbreak is due to the same HPAI H5N6 virus which has struck in and around Biddinghuizen over the past two weeks
18th Dec 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

China: 4 H7 Positive Samples Taken From Hunan Poultry Markets

Although reports of H7N9 out of China remain scarce right now, Chinese media is filled with reports of the detection of the H7 virus in 4 of 32 poultry samples collected from live bird markets in Changde City, Hunan Province on December 15th. No human H7N9 cases have been reported in Changde City this year, but this is a reminder that the virus remains active, particularly in live bird markets
17th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

The Challenge Of Promoting Pandemic Preparedness

Governments, agencies, organizations, and businesses were creating plans, holding drills, and girding themselves against an H5N1 bird flu pandemic that has so far failed to materialize. While H5N1 is still out there, we've a new generation of avian and novel flu viruses that we are watching today, with the number of threats having grown to include H7N9, H5N6, H5N8, along with a rogue's gallery of second tier threats.
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Netherlands: Wild Birds Detected With HPAI H5N6

In Biddinghuizen, Netherlands, there was an HPAI outbreak in poultry affecting roughly 16,000 ducks. The following day, we learned that the virus was remarkably similar to a reassorted H5N6 virus which recently showed up in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Today, in an updated announcement on the Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute website, we learn that wild birds found dead along the shores of Lake Veluwe - several miles from the original poultry outbreak in Biddinghuizen - have now tested positive for this newly arrived reassorted H5N6 virus
14th Dec 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

NIAID Director Discusses Readying for Next Infectious Disease Threat

Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), explains how experiences responding to infectious disease outbreaks have helped to prepare for future threats. He is also looking toward a considerable, concerted effort to develop a universal influenza vaccine. "Influenza is always a threat — at the seasonal level and at the potential for a pandemic level," he said. "For that reason, we need to get a vaccine that we can stockpile and have ready for an emergency, instead of chasing it when it occurs."
15th Dec 2017 - MD Magazine

Where Would Pandemic Flu Wreak the Most Havoc?

When the next flu pandemic hits, a nation’s successful response depends on strong health resources, infrastructure and leadership. That means many developing countries already struggling to provide adequate health care will likely be overwhelmed. And developed countries—with well-trained health workforces, efficient disease surveillance systems, and advanced health facilities—could be pushed to their limits.
15th Dec 2017 - Smithsonian

News Scan for Dec 15, 2017 - CIDRAP

In the latest avian flu outbreak developments, the Netherlands said the new highly pathogenic H5N6 reassortant was detected in mute swans found dead in a wetland area, and the Dominican Republic, Taiwan, and South Africa each reported new outbreaks involving different strains, some of which pertain to events in September and October.
16th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP


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Chinese Poultry Markets May Be Home to Complex Avian Influenza Virus Collections

A flu surveillance study by a Guangxi Veterinary Research Institute-led team suggests live poultry markets in China are sometimes home to low pathogenic avian influenza viruses (LPAIVs) that do not cause significant harm to birds carrying them, but may lead to more serious disease and outbreaks in humans. At the live poultry markets considered, the team noted that ducks often carried viruses from the H3 influenza virus subtype, while geese most often carried H6 influenza. H9 influenza was over-represented in chickens. Even so, more than 25 percent of the LPAIV-positive samples contained more than one flu virus subtype, creating an environment that may allow LPAIV rearrangement and recombination
14th Dec 2017 - GenomeWeb

EID Journal: Characterization Of A Feline Influenza A(H7N2) Virus

Human infection with LPAI H7N2 has only rarely been reported, with only a couple of cases on record in the United States (in 2002 and 2003), and 4 people who were presumed to have been infected in the UK in 2007 following local outbreaks in poultry. In all cases, illness was described as mild and self limiting. Avian H7N2 doesn't appear to be ready for prime time, but it has evolved considerably since its previous appearances in U.S. poultry nearly 15 years ago
14th Dec 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

Defra says UK bird flu risk remains unchanged despite outbreak in the Netherlands

Defra reviewed avian influenza risk in the UK following an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of the virus in the Netherlands, which resulted in the cull of a 16,000-bird flock of ducks, and a mandatory housing order for poultry. But despite a number of new cases of avian influenza in Europe, Defra has decided not to increase the threat level in this country
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EID Journal: Changing Geographic Patterns/Risk Factors For H7N9 In China

A new study, published in the CDC's EID Journal, looks at both the increasing geographic range, and shifting risk patterns, from the H7N9 virus in China. Although the risks are difficult to quantify, the co-infection of a human with a seasonal (H1N1 or H3N2) virus and a novel virus like H7N9 is a concern since the potential for seeing a reassorted `hybrid' virus emerge cannot be ignored. When the peak of the regular flu season concides with the peak (and increase) in human H7N9 cases, the odds of seeing co-infections rises
13th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Changing Geographic Patterns and Risk Factors for Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Infections in Humans, China


13th Dec 2017 - CDC

Disinfection bins are not suitable as the only means to prevent the spread of avian influenza, according to a study by the University of California

Researchers compared the effectiveness of decontamination bins when inactivating highly pathogenic H5N8 and low pathogenic H6N2 virus on rubber boots. Surprisingly, disinfectants based on ammonia compounds could not eliminate living high and low pathogenic particles. A chlorine-containing granulate did kill the virus when it came into contact with it. In a second experiment researchers looked at the persistence of high and low pathogenic virus in litter and manure from turkeys, broilers and laying hens. In the litter of turkeys and broilers, the highly pathogenic virus remained alive for 60 hours; in litter of laying hens, the virus remained active for up to 96 hours. The low pathogenic virus remains active for a shorter period of time. This was no longer found active in the litter within 24 hours.
13th Dec 2017 - Boerderij

Evaluating the role of wild songbirds or rodents in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape

Researchers examined small, wild birds and mammals in Iowa, one of the regions hit hardest by the 2015 avian influenza epizootic, to determine whether these animals carry AIV. Results suggest that even though influenza A viruses were present on the Iowa landscape at the time of our sampling, small, wild birds and rodents were unlikely to be frequent bridge hosts
13th Dec 2017 - Peerj.com

Genetic tests reveal more about new H5N6 reassortant

The latest analysis of reassortant H5N6 avian flu viruses from South Korean wild birds and domestic ducks shows that the strain is a close relative of an H5N6 virus that first turned up in Greek poultry last season, but it has two mutations that might alter its susceptibility to neuraminidase inhibitors, according to an expert familiar the test results.
13th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP


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DEFRA: HPAI in Europe - Outbreak Assessment #17

A newly reassorted H5N6 virus has been detected in the Netherlands; it is of a different lineage than the Asian H5N6 virus which circulates in China, and that impacted Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan last winter. It has been described as being a combination of the H5N8 virus that arrived in Europe last year and a European LPAI HxN6 virus.
12th Dec 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

OIE Reports HPAI Outbreak in Netherlands


12th Dec 2017 - The Poultry Site.com

UK bird flu threat remains low following Netherlands outbreak


12th Dec 2017 - Farming UK

Hong Kong suspends import of poultry products from Dutch province

Food safety authority of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has ordered to suspend import of poultry products from a province of the Netherlands due to bird flu outbreak there.
12th Dec 2017 - Xinhua

No Change in Human-to-Human H7N9 Transmission Risk Over Time

Despite the increase in the number of human infections with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus during the fifth epidemic in China, a new study suggests no change in the risk of transmission of the virus among humans over time. The investigators will continue to study the epidemiology of human infections with influenza A (H7N9) virus, including a severity assessment, the spectrum of illness in infected persons, and transmission dynamics. “We expect a sixth epidemic of human infections with influenza A (H7N9) virus this coming winter and need to be prepared to assess any changes in the epidemiology that could signal an increasing pandemic threat,” Dr. Zhou concluded
12th Dec 2017 - Contagionlive.com

South Korea beefs up bird flu quarantine measures

South Korea vowed Tuesday to strengthen quarantine measures in duck farms in its southwestern region as a fresh outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu caused alarm in the major duck producing area. "If additional cases of highly pathogenic bird flu are discovered, we will continue to adopt tight quarantine measures to enhance safety ahead of PyeongChang Olympics," Heo Tae-yoong, a senior ministry official, said
12th Dec 2017 - Yonhap News Agency


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Dead Kampong Cham chickens found to have strain of avian flu

In Cambodia, avian flu has been detected in chickens in Kampong Cham province. Lab testing confirmed the chickens had H5N1, the most common form of bird flu. Bird flu outbreaks have had a human cost in the past – 14 Cambodians died during one in 2013 – but no human cases have been detected in Koh Svay village so far, according to the Ministry of Health
11th Dec 2017 - Phnom Penh Post

Highly pathogenic avian flu A(H5N1) found in poultry in Cambodia


11th Dec 2017 - MesVaccins.net

H5N1 avian flu outbreak detected in Cambodia


11th Dec 2017 - Dai Truyen Hinh Viet Nam

New H5N1 avian flu outbreak in Cambodia


11th Dec 2017 - Vietnam Plus.vn

Fight to contain bird flu outbreak


11th Dec 2017 - Khmer Times

South Korea culls 76000 ducks after confirming bird flu outbreak

South Korea has confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza at a duck farm in the southwestern region and culled 76,000 ducks to prevent the spread of the virus, the Yonhap news agency reported the Agriculture Ministry as saying. The H5N6 bird flu was discovered on a farm in Yeongam, some 380km south of Seoul, yesterday, said the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ministry
11th Dec 2017 - The Malaysian Insight

South Korea: 76,000 Birds Culled Due to H5N6 In South Jeolla


11th Dec 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

South Korea confirms H5N6 bird flu at duck farm


11th Dec 2017 - Post Online Media

H5N6 avian flu reassortant confirmed in Dutch outbreak

A reassortant H5N6 avian flu virus detected in three Asian nations over the past few weeks has been confirmed in an outbreak in the Netherlands. In other developments, South Korea—one of the countries that has already reported outbreaks from the H5N6 reassortant this season—reported another at a duck farm. And Cambodia reported an H5N1 avian flu outbreak in poultry, its first in nearly a year.
11th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

Study: Avian flu can spread quickly in North America

Some avian influenza (bird flu) viruses can enter North America from other continents through migrating birds. That could be deadly to poultry and infect waterfowl populations, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. Scientists from the USGS analyzed the genes, or genome, of the avian flu viruses that spread in the United States in 2014-15. The outbreak resulted in more than $3 billion in losses to the U.S. poultry industry, including Nebraska. The study found that even though the viruses likely evolved in Asia, they easily infected and spread among North American wild birds. The viruses were also able to spread between domestic and wild birds in a process called spillover. However, this study found that the rate of spillover was minor, and the poultry outbreak was able to persist without further transmission from wild birds.
9th Dec 2017 - Grand Island Independent

Netherlands confirms highly pathogenic bird flu outbreak

The Netherlands confirmed an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu in the Flevoland province that led to the culling of nearly 16,000 ducks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said. The highly pathogenic H5N6 strain was discovered on a duck fattening farm in Biddinghuizen on Dec. 7 where it killed 40 birds, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs said
11th Dec 2017 - Reuters

Fresh advice given on ways to spot bird flu following Netherlands case

Bird flu is not currently present in the UK but it is present in Europe. The Netherlands have issued a Poultry Housing Order after a confirmed outbreak of the H5 strain of avian influenza on a duck farm. The government currently regards the risk of bird flu occurring in the UK as medium in wild birds, and low in poultry, provided there’s a good standard of biosecurity
11th Dec 2017 - Farming UK


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Netherlands issue a Poultry Housing Order after confirmed outbreak of bird flu

The Netherlands have issued a Poultry Housing Order after a confirmed outbreak of the H5 strain of avian influenza on a duck farm. The N type and the strain are not yet known. APHA have announced that they will issue a new UK assessment on Monday (11 December)
9th Dec 2017 - Farming UK

Indoor confinement for Dutch poultry after detection of bird flu


9th Dec 2017 - Xinhua

Avian flu outbreak in the Netherlands


9th Dec 2017 - Halterner Zeitung

Bird flu outbreak in Kampong Cham

In Cambodia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has reported that in early December the bird flu H5N1 virus appeared in Kampong Cham province. The ministry informed Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday, of the outbreak.
10th Dec 2017 - Khmer Times

Bird flu returns in Cambodia


9th Dec 2017 - Bangkok Post

News Scan for Dec 08, 2017 - CIDRAP

The first study to track long-term outcome of patients after hospitalization with H7N9 avian flu infection in China found that lung problems and psychological issues persisted as long as 2 years after discharge. The study, which involved 56 patients from a single hospital in Zhejiang province who were sick during the country's first wave of H7N9 activity, was published in Scientific Reports.
9th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

Long term outcomes in survivors of epidemic Influenza A (H7N9) virus infection


8th Dec 2017 - Nature.com

Bird flu controlled, but vigilance needed

South Africa seems to have turned the corner in fighting the deadly H5N8 strain of bird flu in commercial flocks, with outbreaks under control and the disease on the wane across the country. While the poultry industry, health authorities and consumers sigh with relief, Ziyanda Majokweni, director of the South African Poultry Association’s poultry-disease management agency, warns against complacency, as the disease has not yet been eradicated, particularly in wild birds and ostrich enterprises. Surveillance in this area is continuing, although the disease seems to be waning in wild birds
8th Dec 2017 - Business Day


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Bird carcass removed, samples sent for tests in Mysuru

The carcass of a spot-billed pelican that was found floating in Kukkarahalli Lake in India was removed on Thursday. Samples of the bird have been sent for lab analysis in Bengaluru. No further pelican deaths have been reported from the lake. Deputy Conservator of Forests (Mysuru Wildlife Division) Yedukondalu said the cause of death will be known by Friday. He ruled out the possibility of bird flu
7th Dec 2017 - The Hindu


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Veterinary Services continues state of emergency to face Bird Flu

In Egypt, the General Authority for Veterinary Services at the Ministry of Agriculture announced the continuation of the state of emergency in Egyptian governorates to face bird flu. The Central Administration started implementing a number of precautionary measures to combat strands of bird flu that appeared in 2015 and 2016, H5N1 and H5N8, respectively. Agriculture Ministry officials have issued statements confirming that there have been outbreaks of H5N8 in several governorates this year
6th Dec 2017 - Egypt Today

AU tackles bird flu

Veterinary experts of the African Union have expressed concern over the menace of bird flu, describing it as a serious threat to human lives, food security, birds and African economy. They made their position known during the opening ceremony of a four-day regional laboratory workshop on the diagnosis and characterisation of influenza disease, to discuss means of eradicating avian influenza from the African continent
6th Dec 2017 - The Punch

China aids Pampanga in bird flu fight

China on Tuesday gave P7.7 million to the Pampanga provincial government to help prevent future avian influenza infestations in the province. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua described the donation as the “first step” in helping prevent avian influenza in the province
6th Dec 2017 - Philippine Daily Inquirer


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No slaughter for 12,000 Lot-et-Garonne bird flu ducks

The 12,000 ducks in the Lot-et-Garonne in France infected with a low-risk strain of bird flu will not be killed, it was confirmed today. The department has decided not to slaughter the animals, which are infected with H5N3, a weak strain of avian flu. The decision not to slaughter the animals has been seen as significant, especially since this farm in particular was already affected by the outbreaks of bird flu seen in France at the beginning of 2017
5th Dec 2017 - Connexion France

12,000 ducks hit by avian flu in Lot-et- Garonne will not be culled


5th Dec 2017 - Le Monde

Pampanga gets P7.7-M anti-bird flu 'token' from China

Describing it as a "token of friendship," the Chinese government turned over P7.7 million to the provincial government for Pampanga's anti-avian influenza campaign. The money will be spent on a mobile laboratory that would regularly go to poultry facilities all over the province to conduct tests on chickens and other birds as a pro-active measure against avian influenza
5th Dec 2017 - Rappler.com

China gives P7.7M to Pampanga’s anti-bird flu program


5th Dec 2017 - iOrbit News.com

Timely interventions needed to attain bird flu-free status

In the Philippines, just when the government thought that the bird-flu crisis wass over, the virus struck again in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. Avian influenza affected a layer farm in Cabiao, forcing the owner to cull some 42,000 birds. The Cabiao flock was hit by the same strain (H5N6), which killed thousands of birds in Pampanga.
5th Dec 2017 - Business Mirror

Migratory bird infected with H5N6 bird flu in Southern Taiwan

The remains of a black-faced spoonbill discovered at a park in Tainan were confirmed to have been infected with H5N6 avian influenza and epidemic prevention has been set up to prevent other infections. The H5 subtype found in this incident was different from the previous bird flu strains reported in Hsinchu in February of this year; however, the result showed similarity in the gene with the H5N8 bird flu found in Europe
5th Dec 2017 - Taiwan News

China - 1 new human H9N2 case - Changsha City, Hunan province

One new confirmed case of human infection with H7N9 avian influenza virus in Yunnan Province was reported in a 64-year-old male farmer, who lives in the city of Kunming. Before the presentation of symptoms, he had contact with dead birds. A further confirmed case of human infection with H9N2 avian influenza virus was also recorded in another region of Hunan Province. In this situation the infection was detected in a 20-month-old female child
4th Dec 2017 - Flutrackers.com

Avian influenza H7N9 viruses: a rare second warning

Avian influenza A H7N9 viruses that emerged in China in 2013 have reappeared each year, causing more than 1 600 severe human infections. As these viruses have evolved in nature, they have gained some and can gain additional virulence determinants that enhance their risk for humans, underlining the urgent need to control and eradicate H7N9 viruses in China.
3rd Dec 2017 - Nature.com


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SW China reports H7N9 case

Southwest China's Yunnan Province reported a human infection of the H7N9 bird flu virus, local health authorities said. The patient, a 64-year-old male from Kunming, was confirmed as having the infection on Nov. 30. A dozen chicken raised by the patient died successively before the man fell ill
4th Dec 2017 - ECNS.cn

Avian flu (H7N9) human infection in China's Yunnan province


4th Dec 2017 - Chine.org

Human case of avian influenza in south west China


4th Dec 2017 - Xinhua

Tainan reports avian influenza case in rare migratory bird

In Taiwan, a rare black-faced spoonbill found dead at a park in Tainan was confirmed to have been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza, the city's Animal Health Inspection and Protection Office said Monday. The migratory bird was discovered by the Taijiang National Park last Friday, and it tested positive for the H5 avian influenza, the office said
4th Dec 2017 - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Bird flu outbreak averted

In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Animal Industry has placed Cabiao, Nueva Ecija under observation after the confirmation of the presence of avian influenza in a poultry farm in the said area. BAI has assured the contamination is contained but that it will continue to monitor the area as a precaution
4th Dec 2017 - Malaya

New Zealand not ready for a pandemic

In New Zealand, Professor of Public health, Michael Baker, says the level of threat for a pandemic is rising and there are more pandemic diseases globally. "We really need a major stocktake of New Zealand's capacity in this area because you do need a large critical mass of scientists and support staff with the right expertise." Michael Baker says he 's worked in this area for 25 years and our capacity has decreased over that time
4th Dec 2017 - Newstalk ZB

Bird-flu case in Cabiao to delay resumption of chicken exports

Exporters would have to wait until the first quarter of 2018 for the Philippines to regain its bird flu-free status, after a new case of avian influenza was discovered in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. The discovery of AI in a layer farm in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, reset the country’s countdown to bird flu-free status
4th Dec 2017 - Business Mirror

Avian Flu From Abroad Can Spread in North American Poultry, Wild Birds

Some avian influenza viruses that are able to enter North America from other continents through migrating birds can be deadly to poultry and can infect waterfowl populations, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study. “Results from our study are important because they can help managers enhance biosecurity and guard against the most likely sources of avian flu outbreaks in the United States,” said Dan Grear, a disease ecologist with the USGS National Wildlife Health Center and the lead author of the study
4th Dec 2017 - U.S. Geological Society

News Scan for Dec 04, 2017 - H7N9, H9N2 cases in China

China has detected two new human avian influenza cases, one involving an adult sickened by H7N9 and the other a young child infected with H9N2, according to government reports in the region. The H7N9 illness, China's first since September, involves a 64-year-old man in the Yunnan province city of Kunming. The mainland has also reported a new H9N2 infection, involving a 20-month-old girl from Changsha City in Hunan province
4th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

Avian flu in Tivoli, the end of emergency, as the H5N8 virus remains under control

ASL has proposed the possible restocking of animals a period of 21 days after the last hygiene intervention, said to be 19 December 2017, as required by the relevant regulations.
1st Dec 2017 - Notizialocale.it

Now the avian influenza risk is reduced, the ban of poultry is relaxed

The risk of avian influenza in Finland this year is lower than last year, and therefore the time for extinction of poultry is shortened by three months from the present, says the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. However, the prohibition is still necessary because the avian influenza H5N8 epidemic continues in Europe. Under the new regulation, poultry can not be kept outdoors due to bird flu fluctuations from the beginning of March to the end of May. The regulation applies also to livestock yards in this section.
1st Dec 2017 - YLE


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DA: 42,000 chickens culled had bird flu

The 42,000 chickens that were culled and buried last week in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija province in the Philippines were infected with avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said. Pinol did not identify the flu strain that affected the Cabiao farm, but said it affected only chickens
2nd Dec 2017 - Inquirer.net

Department of Agriculture confirms new bird flu case


2nd Dec 2017 - Philippine Star

Pinol allays fear over new bird flu case in Nueva Ecija


2nd Dec 2017 - The Manila Times

Avian flu virus hits Cabiao poultry farm, DA's Piñol confirms


1st Dec 2017 - GMA News

CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Yunnan

In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is monitoring a notification that an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) was recorded from November 24 to December 1 in Yunnan. The 64-year-old male patient in Kunming, known to have contact with dead poultry, had onset on November 21 and was in a serious condition. “This is the first human case reported in the Mainland since October 2017. As winter approaches, based on the seasonal pattern of avian influenza (H7N9) viruses, their activity in the Mainland is expected to increase,” a spokesman for the CHP said
2nd Dec 2017 - MilTech

Alert over the possibility of Bird Flu outbreaks in the coming months

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned of the risk of increased outbreaks of bird flu, and said it expected cases to appear in the coming months. Speaking to Spanish news agency Efe, FAO specialist Sophie von Dobschuetz said that several strains of the bird flu virus have become endemic in China, where birds are being vaccinated to reduce the circulation of the virus. In 2013, cases of people infected with the H7N9 virus, which could severely affect humans, began to be detected in China for the first time. An FAO review in July warned of the risk of the virus entering the country via trade, posing a threat to public health and food safety, given the high likelihood of contagion
2nd Dec 2017 - Avicultura Industrial

News Scan for Dec 01, 2017 - CIDRAP

The world rarely receives advance notice of a significant public health threat, but the detection of the highly pathogenic form of H7N9 avian influenza in China serves as a second warning, an expert from the WHO's collaborating center in Australia said. Focusing control measures on only poultry flocks infected with highly pathogenic H7N9 won't solve the problem, Kanta Subbarao said. Both forms of H7N9 need to be eradicated from avian species, and human isolates need to be monitored very closely
2nd Dec 2017 - CIDRAP


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40,000 chickens culled due to avian flu scare in Nueva Ecija

A poultry farm in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, in the Philippines, possibly hit by avian influenza virus is being monitored by the Department of Agriculture after it culled at least 40,000 of its livestock. Cabiao is near San Isidro, where more than 300,000 birds were culled after the DA declared the area under quarantine last August due to an avian flu virus outbreak. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol commended the farm owner and local veterinarians for making an early call to contain the suspected contagion without waiting for a confirmatory test
30th Nov 2017 - GMA News

New document guides hospitals in responding to infectious disease outbreaks

A new expert guidance document for hospitals to use in preparing for and containing outbreaks has been published by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, with the support of the CDC. The document is part of a partnership between SHEA and CDC to prepare for emerging and re-emerging infections by providing training, educational resources, and expert guidance for dealing with outbreaks in healthcare facilities
30th Nov 2017 - Medical Xpress

Tottori University: Shimane HPAI H5N6 A New Reassortment

On Monday, we learned that South Korea's recent outbreak of H5N6 was not simply a return of last year's Asian-origin virus, but an entirely new reassortment comprised of last year's European H5N8 virus and the NA from a European H3N6. Now, testing at Tottori University shows that the virus samples collected two weeks ago from Shimane Prefecture in Japan are a similar reassortant virus
29th Nov 2017 - Afludiary.blogpost.co.uk


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Bird flu hits South Korea

Authorities in South Korea imposed a 48-hour nationwide ban on the movement of poultry last week after bird flu was detected there. According to officials, the outbreak of this H5N6 strain was the country’s first bird flu outbreak this winter. However, South Korea’s worst ever bird flu outbreak was experienced between last November and this March, with millions of chickens and ducks culled to contain the spread. However, no human infections have been reported
29th Nov 2017 - The Scottish Farmer

Avian flu could be on its way to Shropshire this winter

The migration season for birds is in full swing and recently a duck, infected with avian flu, was discovered near the Netherlands border in Germany. Shropshire breeder, Andy Cathwray said he feared there would come a time when the threat of avian flu was all year round. National Farmers Union specialist, Aimee Mahony said: “All poultry keepers should review their biosecurity and business continuity plans now, as risk levels may well increase.”
29th Nov 2017 - Shropshire Star.com

FAO warns of possible new outbreaks of bird flu in coming months

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday of the risk of increased outbreaks of bird flu, with cases expected to surface in the coming months. Speaking to Spanish news agency Efe, FAO specialist Sophie von Dobschuetz said that several strains of the bird flu virus have become endemic in China, where birds are being vaccinated to reduce the circulation of the virus. "As the country is not in a position to eliminate the virus from poultry populations by killing them, vaccination helps reduce the pressure of the virus and decrease human exposure," von Dobschuetz said.
28th Nov 2017 - Correio da Manhã

Avian flu - FAO warns of likely outbreaks in the next few months


28th Nov 2017 - La Voz del Interior


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Bird flu scare latest to rattle South Korea's Winter Olympics

Local governments in South Korea have called on operators of farms close to venues that are to be used in February's Winter Olympic Games to slaughter around 6,000 ducks and chickens after avian influenza was discovered on a duck farm in North Jeolla Province. Organizers of the PyeongChang 2018 games are desperate to play down fears of an outbreak among spectators or athletes taking part in the games
28th Nov 2017 - Deutsche Welle

Bird flu scare latest to rattle South Korea's Winter Olympics


28th Nov 2017 - USA Today

DA to conduct random tests on poultry farms in Nueva Ecija

In the Philippines, the Bureau of Animal Industry will conduct random laboratory tests on farms surrounding a poultry farm in a town where about 40,000 birds were culled, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, who had received reports that “at least 40,000 birds” were culled in a poultry farm in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, by the owner. He has ordered the implementation of the Department of Agriculture's revised avian-influenza protocol in the area as a preventive measure
28th Nov 2017 - Business Mirror

Genesis and Spread of Newly Emerged Highly Pathogenic H7N9

A new study shows that "the rapid geographical expansion and genetic evolution of the HPAI H7N9 viruses pose a great challenge not only to public health but also to poultry production. Effective control measures, including enhanced surveillance, are therefore urgently needed."
28th Nov 2017 - Journal of Virology

Asian bird flu gives birth to more virologist analysis

The H7N9 flu virus is developing into a dangerous threat for humans. Experts are warning that we have to keep a closer eye on the virus without wanting to cause unnecessary panic. Among virologists the fate and future mutations of H7N9 is the subject of some debate. The virus was already detected in poultry in China in 2013, but it is now slowly mutating into a form that looks likely to become dangerous to humans
27th Nov 2017 - Elsevier Weekblad


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Reassortment of bird flu virus detected in Korea

The latest bird flu outbreak in South Korea is presumed to be a new type of avian influenza strain that is a reassortment of highly pathogenic strains that spread in Europe last year, the quarantine authority said Monday. The Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency said its interim inspection into the bird flu case in Jeolla Province may have been transmitted from migratory wild birds. The genomic analysis into the cases showed a new type of H5N6 strain, which arose from the reassortment between a high pathogenic H5N8 that spread in Europe in late 2016 and a low pathogenic H3N6 virus found in European wild birds, the APQA agency said
27th Nov 2017 - Korea Herald

Strain of H5N6 Likely to Have Entered Korea through Migratory Birds


27th Nov 2017 - KBS World Radio News

H5N6 avian flu reassortant found in recent Korean outbreak


27th Nov 2017 - CIDRAP

China's Hong Kong suspends import of poultry meat from German district

Food safety authority of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has suspended the import of poultry meat from a district in the State of Lower Saxony in Germany, because of an outbreak of low-pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in the District of Rotenburg
27th Nov 2017 - Xinhua.net

Plans in place for future bird flu outbreaks

The Western Cape Economic Opportunities Department is currently exploring risk management plans to deal with possible future outbreaks of avian flu. There are currently 68 confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the province, but no new confirmed cases, MEC Alan Winde said
27th Nov 2017 - iol.co.za

South Africa: Western Cape Agriculture On Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Infections

In South Africa, Alan Winde, Minster of Economic Opportunities, said there had been no new confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza since the last update on 16 November 2017. There are currently 68 confirmed cases of HPAI in the Western Cape, and no new infections at commercial poultry farms since 18 October
26th Nov 2017 - allafrica.com


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Fight AI: China can now use recombinant interferon

Chinese scientists have been given another weapon in their armoury in the fight against bird flu. They can now use recombinant chicken alpha interferon, a naturally occurring immune stimulant, in the prevention and treatment of avian influenza.
25th Nov 2017 - Poultry World

Suspected highly pathogenic avian flu A(H5) outbreak reported in poultry in Russia

In Russia, the press department for the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance has reported an outbreak of avian flu in poultry. A sample taken from illegally discarded dead poultry revealed the presence of A(H5) avian flu. Further tests are been carried out but the suspicion is that it is highly pathogenic A(H5N8)
25th Nov 2017 - Mes Vaccins.net

Union warns farmers over bird flu risk

The Ulster Farmers' Union is urging poultry farmers to be vigilant in light of continued outbreaks of bird flu on continental Europe, mainly in Italy, Bulgaria and Germany. UFU poultry vice chairman Ronnie Wells said: "We strongly recommend that all poultry keepers, including backyard keepers, review their biosecurity measures and business continuity plans now, as the risk level may well increase in the coming weeks"
24th Nov 2017 - Belfast Telegraph

UK poultry farmers urged to be vigilant as bird flu grips Europe

UK poultry farmers have been urged to be vigilant in light of continued outbreaks of avian influenza on continental Europe, mainly in Italy, Bulgaria and Germany. Germany has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the Lower Saxony region; Italy has announced three virus cases and bird flu also struck a 42,000-bird commercial layer flock in the Zeeland region of the Netherlands
24th Nov 2017 - Farming UK

Farmers urged to cull poultry in bid to prevent Pyeongchang 2018 bird flu outbreak

Farmers in areas close to venues due to be used at next year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang are being urged by local officials to cull all poultry in an attempt to prevent the spread of bird flu. An outbreak of the disease was confirmed at a duck farm in North Jeolla province, located 214 kilometres from Pyeongchang, and has forced authorities to act to ensure it does not reach cities which are set to host Winter Olympic and Paralympic events.
24th Nov 2017 - Insidethegames.biz


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Germany reports outbreak of mild bird flu on farm: OIE

Germany has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic H5N2 bird flu on a farm in the Lower Saxony region in the north of the country, the OIE said on Thursday. The disease was detected on a farm in Rotenburg where 43 ducks and geese showed mild clinical signs, the OIE said
23rd Nov 2017 - Reuters

Germany reports outbreak of mild bird flu on farm: OIE


23rd Nov 2017 - Townhall

Changes to avian influenza housing rules come into force in EU

Last year when highly pathogenic H5N8 struck across Europe, national governments issued a series of housing orders to try to prevent the spread of the virus. But existing EU rules allowed free range birds to be housed for just 12 weeks before they lost their free range status. This rule has now been changed to 16 weeks and is coming into effect force on November 25
23rd Nov 2017 - Farming UK

Influenza A(H9N2) Virus, Burkina Faso

A study has identified influenza A(H9N2) virus G1 lineage in poultry in Burkina Faso. Urgent actions are needed to raise awareness about the risk associated with spread of this zoonotic virus subtype in the area and to construct a strategy for effective prevention and control of influenza caused by this virus
23rd Nov 2017 - CDC.gov

Bird flu response protocol to be revised

In the Philippines, the protocol for responding to incidences of bird flu will be revised to lessen the negative impact on business, the Department of Agriculture has announced. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the multi-agency Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries would convene to review the policies on the control of avian influenza to minimize the disruption to businesses
23rd Nov 2017 - Philstar

Bird flu prevention still necessary though no new human infection case reported

In Thailand, the Department of Disease Control advised people not to touch dead domestic poultry and wild birds but instead report to the nearest livestock and health officials immediately, even though the country has no new human infection cases of avian influenza or H5N1 since 2006. The advice came from the director-general of the department after the WHO issued its latest update of the avian influenza situation in the world from January 2003- 27 September 2017; the period saw 860 human infection cases of avian influenza in 16 countries, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Vietnam
23rd Nov 2017 - ThaiVisa News

Avian influenza in humans 2017: Hong Kong officials break it down

There was less H5N1 avian influenza (AI) reported in 2017 as compared to recent years; however, the “5th wave” of H7N9 AI was nearly as large as the first four waves combined, according to information published by the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection. In 2017 (as of November 20), human infections with H5N1, H5N6, H7N9 and H9N2 viruses have been reported so far
23rd Nov 2017 - Outbreak News Today

Northern flock owners urged to be vigilant as avian influenza spreads

In Ireland, poultry farmers are urged to be vigilant as outbreaks of bird flu continue to be reported in continental Europe. It follows a briefing with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the poultry sector on the current disease situation. So far outbreaks of avian influenza have mainly been spotted in Italy, Bulgaria and Germany
23rd Nov 2017 - Agriland


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China Gets The Go Ahead To Use Recombinant Interferon Against Bird Flu

Chinese scientists have received approval to use chicken α-interferon, a naturally occurring immune stimulant, in the prevention and treatment of avian influenza in poultry. The rapid development of poultry farming poses challenges to the prevention and control of infectious diseases. In particular, the outbreak of some viral infectious diseases, especially avian influenza, can result in serious economic losses
22nd Nov 2017 - Asian Scientist

Surge in human H7N9 cases caused by poultry, not people

“Reassuring” study findings indicate that the recent surge in human influenza A(H7N9) cases in China is probably due to increased spread from poultry to people and not because of a swell in human-to-human transmission. “If sustained human-to-human transmission occurs, it’s very difficult to see how containment could be implemented successfully, and a pandemic would likely result,” Timothy M. Uyeki, MD, medical epidemiologist in the CDC’s Influenza Division and one of the authors of the new report, said
22nd Nov 2017 - Healio.com

Clusters of Human Infection and Human-to-Human Transmission of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus, 2013–2017


22nd Nov 2017 - CDC.gov

News Scan for Nov 22, 2017: H7N9 cluster analysis; Impact of malaria funding cuts; Cost of measles; Cholera vaccine protection


22nd Nov 2017 - CIDRAP

New rules extend marketing standards for free range eggs hit by avian flu restrictions

Producers of free range eggs will be allowed to continue to market their products as such even if their hens have restricted access to open-air runs because of influenza outbreaks following further changes to EU egg marketing standards
22nd Nov 2017 - Farming Monthly

HK Suspends Poultry Meat Imports from Parts of Korea

Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety suspended importing poultry meat and products with immediate effect from Jeollabuk-do Province, Gyeongsangnam-do Province and Daegu Metropolitan City in South Korea. The action was in view of the notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the South Korean authorities about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 and H5N8 avian influenza in the noted areas
22nd Nov 2017 - UkrAgroConsult


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HK suspends poultry meat imports from parts of S. Korea

Hong Kong's Center for Food Safety suspended importing poultry meat and products with immediate effect from Jeollabuk-do Province, Gyeongsangnam-do Province and Daegu Metropolitan City in South Korea. The action was in view of the notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the South Korean authorities about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 and H5N8 avian influenza in the noted areas
21st Nov 2017 - Xinhua

HK Suspends Poultry Meat Imports from Parts of Korea


21st Nov 2017 - ThePoultrySite.com

South Korea: MAFRA Testing Environmental H7N7 For Pathogenicity

Nearly two months ago, we saw South Korean H7N7 Indentified As LPAI from samples retrieved from Yeongcheon. Now we learn that MAFRA is testing new samples taken from Pohang, roughly 25 miles further east. While likely to be LPAI, given the rapid reassortment potential for avian influenza viruses, no one in South Korea can afford to take the results for granted
21st Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

UK poultry owners urged to take precautions after bird flu found in Italy, Germany and Bulgaria

UK poultry keepers are being urged to review their biosecurity, sign up for disease alerts and register their birds with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), as well as reporting any unexplained deaths or sickness to their vet. The H5N8 strain of bird flu is currently circulating in Europe, with recent cases in poultry and wild birds in Italy, wild birds in Germany and poultry in Bulgaria
21st Nov 2017 - East Anglian Daily Times 24

Avian Flu Found in Wild Bird Droppings

In South Korea, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed that a highly pathogenic strain of avian flu has been found in wild bird droppings in the southern part of the country. The discovery comes just a day after the first bird flu case of the winter was detected at a poultry farm in Gochang, North Jeolla Province. It was identified as the highly pathogenic strain H5N6
21st Nov 2017 - Chosun Ilbo

Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2017 to 2018

Public Health England advise the risk to public health from H5N8 avian influenza is very low. The H5N8 strain of bird flu is currently circulating in Europe, with recent cases in poultry and wild birds in Italy, wild birds in Germany and poultry in Bulgaria
21st Nov 2017 - Department of Health

China: Human H5N6 avian influenza case reported in Guangxi

Officials with China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission are reporting an additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in a Guangxi man. The 33-year-old man developed symptoms on November 7 and was hospitalized on November 12. He is now in a critical condition. He had contact with live poultry and exposure to live poultry markets before the onset of symptoms
21st Nov 2017 - Outbreak News Today

DA to review Philippine policies on bird flu

In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture said it will review its policies on avian influenza more than 3 months after the country recorded its first outbreak in Pampanga. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the review will include reconciling the Philippines' protocols with those of countries which have "more extensive experience" in handling bird flu outbreaks
21st Nov 2017 - Rappler.com

According to new reports, bird flu is back. Here's what you need to know

Global health officials are warning that there is a concerning bird flu circulating throughout Asia. Known as the H7N9 virus, this form of bird flu is in its “fifth wave,” per the CDC. Nearly 1,600 people have tested positive for the infection and almost 40 percent of them have died. Most of these people have been in close contact with live poultry, but small clusters of the disease imply that it might now be passed from person to person
21st Nov 2017 - Yahoo News


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Gov't to penalize farms for bird flu outbreak

The Korean government plans to penalize chicken and other poultry farms infected with avian influenza if they are found to have been negligent in preventing the outbreak of the highly infectious virus, the top agriculture policymaker said Monday. This warning came a day after a highly pathogenic strain of H5N6 flu was discovered at a poultry farm with 12,000 ducks in Gochang
20th Nov 2017 - The Korea Times

Bird flu confirmed in S. Korea, movement of poultry banned nationwide


20th Nov 2017 - Mainichi

South Korea To Disinfect All Poultry Farms, Vehicles Following Bird Flu Outbreak


20th Nov 2017 - The Malaysian Digest

Bird flu halts all poultry trade in South Korea


20th Nov 2017 - Russia Today

SK to Disinfect All Poultry Farms, Vehicles Following Bird Flu Outbreak


20th Nov 2017 - ThePoultrySite.com

CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangxi

In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection received notification of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangxi from the National Health and Family Planning Commission. The patient had contact with live poultry and exposure to live poultry markets before the onset of symptoms
20th Nov 2017 - Hong Kong Government

HK CHP Notified Of Human H5N6 Infection In Guangxi Province


20th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

H5N6 sickens Chinese man, strikes duck farm in South Korea

In new H5N6 avian flu developments, a Chinese man is hospitalized in critical condition after he likely contracted the virus from poultry, and South Korea reported an outbreak from the highly pathogenic virus at a commercial duck farm
20th Nov 2017 - CIDRAP


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Avian influenza detected in southern S. Korea

The South Korean government said Saturday the avian influenza (AI) virus has been detected at a poultry farm operated by a local conglomerate located in the southern part of the country.
19th Nov 2017 - Sggp News.org.vn

12,000 ducks culled in Gochang due to bird flu fears


19th Nov 2017 - Korea Times

South Korea: H5 Avian Flu Detected At Gochang Poultry Farm


18th Nov 2017 - La Prensa Latina

Avian influenza detected in southern S. Korea


18th Nov 2017 - Yonhap News Agency

South Korea confirms H5N6 bird flu at duck farm, raises bird flu alert level

South Korea on Sunday said it had confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu at a duck farm in the south west of the country and raised its bird flu alert level to the highest ranking. The virus was discovered on a farm on Saturday with some 12,000 ducks in Gochang county, southwest of Seoul
19th Nov 2017 - Reuters

South Korea: Avian flu infects 12,000 ducks


19th Nov 2017 - Le Figaro

Natural Reassortants of Potentially Zoonotic Avian Influenza Viruses H5N1 and H9N2 from Egypt Display Distinct

The cocirculation of zoonotic highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) of subtype H5N1 and avian influenza virus (AIV) of subtype H9N2 among poultry in Egypt for at least 6 years should render that country a hypothetical hot spot for the emergence of reassortant, phenotypically altered viruses, yet no reassortants have been detected in Egypt. The present investigations proved that reassortants of the Egyptian H5N1 clade 2.2.1.2 virus and H9N2 virus of the G1-B lineage can be generated by coamplification in embryonated chicken eggs. Reassortants were restricted to the H5N1 subtype and acquired between two and all six of the internal segments of the H9N2 virus
17th Nov 2017 - Journal of Virology

Smallholders reminded of ways to prevent Avian flu

UK smallholders are being reminded of ways to avoid Avian flu in their poultry flock as the contagious disease is being carried by wild birds. A new poster outlining simple preventative measures is targeted at smallholders and they are encouraged to print it and keep it handy
19th Nov 2017 - Smallholder.co.uk

No cases of bird flu for the last month

For a month now, poultry farms in the Western Cape have not reported any fresh cases of bird flu. The industry has suffered under an outbreak of avian influenza which cost the economy more than R800 million. Agriculture MEC Alan Winde says: “I am pretty certain within the next couple of weeks, we’ll start to see those in the poultry industry will restock. This is a business decision”
17th Nov 2017 - iafrica.com

Farmers in Lower Saxony are looking to try and protect themselves from H5N8 wild bird avian flu infection

Farmers in Lower Saxony are looking to try and protect themselves from H5N8 wild bird avian flu infection. Poultry farmers are preparing for a new, stricter approach to bird flu. The highly contagious virus H5N8 is now present in the domestic wild bird population, said Friedrich-Otto Ripke, President of the Lower Saxony Poultry Industry Association (NGW) in Oldenburg: "We have realised that we have the risk of bird flu, so to speak." Local government has agreed to set up restricted areas each time suspect dead birds are found
17th Nov 2017 - Nordwest-Zeitung Online

North Rhine-Westphalia is adapting to the ever present threat of H5N8 bird flu

North Rhine-Westphalia is adapting to the ever present threat of H5N8 bird flu. In an updated risk assessment, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut recently rated the risk of H5N8 introduction from wild birds from "low" to "probably" high. The approaching winter favors the spread of the pathogen H5N8
17th Nov 2017 - RP Online

ECDC: Guide To Revising The Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan

With the rapid growth in novel viruses with pandemic potential over the past 5 years - including some (H7N9, H5N1, H5N6, MERS) with potential virulence that could exceed the 1918 Spanish Flu - over the past year we've seen renewed interest in updating pandemic plans around the globe
17th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn

While trying to avoid alarmism, global health agencies are steadily ratcheting up concern about bird flu in Asia. Bird viruses that can infect humans — particularly those of the H7N9 strain — continue to spread to new cities there. Since October 2016, China has seen a “fifth wave” of H7N9 infections. Nearly 1,600 people have tested positive, almost 40 percent of whom have died
17th Nov 2017 - New York Times


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Rare Bird Flu Strikes Cats: What You Need to Know

A rare strain of bird flu recently surfaced in sick cats in New York. Tests have confirmed that 386 cats housed in New York City's Animal Care Centers were infected with the H7N2 strain of the influenza virus. One veterinarian who had prolonged exposure to the infected cats tested positive and recovered. Currently, there is no vaccine to protect against H7N2, but the CDC says, "There is a candidate vaccine virus in the U.S. pandemic preparedness stockpile that could be provided to flu vaccine manufactures to mass produce a H7N2 flu vaccine in the case of an emergency."
16th Nov 2017 - Live Science

Vet Catches Bird Flu From a Cat in New York


16th Nov 2017 - NBCNews.com

Could Your Cat Give You "Bird Flu?"


16th Nov 2017 - US News Health

EID Journal: Avian H7N2 Virus in Human Exposed to Sick Cats


16th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

Italy: IZSV Reports 3 More HPAI H5N8 Outbreaks

The pace of HPAI H5 outbreaks in Italy continues to rise, with 15 outbreaks reported in the first half of November. Nearly as many as were reported in the first half of the year. In addition to these poultry outbreaks, there have been a number of detections in wild birds as well. Today, we've three more outbreaks reported by Italy's IZSV, bringing the total for 2017 to 79
16th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

Bird Flu in 2016 Spread by Wild Migratory Birds

The H5N8 bird flu virus was identified in the Netherlands in November 2016. A large number of dead wild birds were found and the virus spread to various poultry farms. Studies by Wageningen Bioveterinary Research now show that the bird flu virus identified in 2016 was brought over to the Netherlands by wild migratory birds from Russia
16th Nov 2017 - Science and Technology Research News.com

South Africa Government : MEC Alan Winde provides update on avian influenza

In South Africa, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, provided an update on avian influenza during a sitting of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. He said that there are currently 68 confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape. The rate of infection is slowing down considerably and there have been no new infections at commercial poultry farms since 18 October
16th Nov 2017 - 4 Traders


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Africa must plan for global pandemics

Bill Gates is among a growing number of world leaders who have expressed concern that the world is not ready for a pandemic. He is right to argue that systems for responding to a global emergency are still not strong enough. The only African countries where human vaccine production — albeit limited — exists are SA, Senegal, Egypt and Tunisia; four out of 54 countries that are likely to be the most afflicted by such an outbreak
15th Nov 2017 - Business Day

Doctors warned of a possible epidemic of the deadly flu

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA, suggested that from China across the world in the form of large-scale epidemics may spread avian influenza H7N9. The study of samples of H7N9 have shown that the deadly virus may be resistant to the effects of drugs and rapidly spread
15th Nov 2017 - The Quebec Telegram

Lincoln biotech firms develop 1st license bird flu DNA vaccine for chickens

Two Lincoln companies developed a DNA bird flu vaccine for chickens that recently became the first such vaccine ever licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Benchmark Biolabs, an AgriLabs subsidiary, and Nature Technology Corporation announced Wednesday that the vaccine had received conditional approval from the USDA
15th Nov 2017 - Lincoln Journal Star

Could Your Cat Give You 'Bird Flu?'

U.S. scientists are reporting a case of a veterinarian who apparently caught "bird flu" from an infected cat at a New York City animal shelter. The case occurred in December 2016. The unnamed veterinarian got through the battle with the H7N2 strain of influenza, but the cat died, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
15th Nov 2017 - philly.com


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South Korea: H5N2 In Wild Bird Feces Determined To Be LPAI

South Korea was testing H5N2 samples collected on Jeju Island for pathogenicity, and now the results have come back as low pathogenicity
14th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

B&E: Assessing The Airborne Spread Of Avian Influenza From LPMs

The link between China's live poultry markets and the spread avian flu strains has been well established, with a case-control study released in 2014 citing even casual exposure to poultry in live bird markets as the primary risk factor for infection. While most H7N9 human infections have been linked to exposure to infected birds, a not insignificant number of cases have no known poultry exposure. Some of those, however, either lived near or regularly passed by live bird markets, leading to speculation that viable virus particles may travel beyond the confines of the LPM
14th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

New avian flu outbreaks noted as USDA OK's DNA poultry vaccine

In the latest avian flu developments, Bulgaria and South Africa reported outbreaks from highly pathogenic strains, and a US vaccine company announced that the US Department of Agriculture has conditionally approved the first DNA avian flu vaccine for chickens
14th Nov 2017 - CIDRAP

Genesis and Spread of Newly Emerged Highly Pathogenic H7N9 Avian Viruses in Mainland China

A study analyzed the sequences of HPAI H7N9 viruses from 28 human and 21 environmental samples covering eight provinces in China that were taken from November 2016 to June 2017. The results show that the ancestor virus of the HPAI H7N9 viruses originated in the Yangtze River Delta region. However, the insertion of four amino acids into the HA protein cleavage site of an LPAI H7N9 virus occurred in late May 2016 in the Pearl River Delta region. The mutated HPAI H7N9 virus further reassorted with LPAI H7N9 or H9N2 viruses that were cocirculating in poultry. Considering the rapid geographical expansion of the HPAI H7N9 viruses, effective control measures are urgently needed
12th Nov 2017 - Journal of Virology

Avian flu sub-type H5N8 found in Tivoli - health authority update from the outbreak area

The outbreak happened Nov 3rd in the Tivoli region and was detected on a non-commercial breeding farm. The Veterinarian services sprang into action to limit the extent of the outbreak, and then on Nov 9th a new health ordinance came into force, introducing special health and surveillance measures to be enforced
12th Nov 2017 - Tiburno.tv

Highly pathogenic bird flu virus detected in Shimane

The Environment Ministry said on Thursday (9) that a wild swan found dead in a lake in western Japan was infected with a highly contagious avian influenza virus, confirming it as the first case of the disease in the country this season. A detailed examination conducted at Tottori University has determined the presence of the H5N6 type, which has caused severe epidemics in Japan and Asia in the past, according to the ministry. The dead white swan was found near Shinji Lake in Matsue (Shimane) on Sunday and tested positive for bird flu in a simple examination conducted by the provincial government health authorities
11th Nov 2017 - Portal Mie


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First DNA Vaccine Licensed For Chickens

AgriLabs announced USDA conditional approval of the first DNA vaccine ever licensed for chickens. The approval also represents the first for AgriLabs' ExactVac TM DNA technology with ENABL adjuvant, the first DNA vaccine approved for influenza for veterinary use. The conditional license for high pathogenic H5 will provide a tool for U.S. poultry producers if stockpiling is needed for future avian flu outbreaks
13th Nov 2017 - The Street

New outbreaks of avian influenza in Italy

Northeast of Asti, highly pathogenic avian influenza caused by H5N8 virus was found in two birds in Montechiaro d'Asti and Montiglio Monferrato in the province of Asti in the Piedmont region. Two farms are located in the immediate vicinity, but are in the territory of two different municipalities. According to the regulations were created: 3 km safety zone and 10 km surveillance zone to the affected farms. In total, under 50,000 laying hens will be slaughtered. In addition, eggs, litter and animal feed will be destroyed
13th Nov 2017 - Farmer.pl

Japan MOE: 2nd H5N6 Lab Confirmation & More Dead Birds Being Tested

In Japan, the alert level was raised as two more dead birds tested positive for influenza A near Matsue (Shimane Prefecture) following the positive H5N6 test of a mute swan. Meanwhile South Korea is reporting the detection of H5N2 (pathogenicity undetermined) in wild bird feces on Jeju island
13th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

Italy Reports 4 More HPAI H5 Outbreaks

While most of Europe waits apprehensively for the fall arrival of HPAI H5N8, Italy continues to struggle with their summer-long bout of bird flu, which continues to rage in the North-Central provinces. Today Italy's IZSV reports 4 more outbreaks, bringing November's total to 12
13th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

China: Guangdong Province Reports 97% H7N9 Vaccine Coverage

Today Chinese media are carrying reports from Guangdong's Ministry of Agriculture that claim they've reached a 97.87% vaccination coverage in poultry. While an impressive number, it remains to be seen just how effective this vaccine is in actual practice, and for how long it remains protective
13th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

Non-typical influenza viruses and how to defend against them

A widely available influenza vaccines can and does offer some protection from avian flu but there are countless other secondary measures that health authorities and farmers need to take in order to protect against various types of avian flu and its spread
10th Nov 2017 - Interia.pl

Avian influenza, new outbreak near Asti

A new outbreak has just been discovered: avian influenza has hit two Aegean flocks, with two outbreaks in Monferrato, in different breeds across two different municipalities. In the two farms there are 50 thousand hens that will be slaughtered. Around these farms, health authorities have set up protection and surveillance zones of 3 and 10 kilometers, respectively
10th Nov 2017 - Veb.it


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Avian influenza detected on Jeju Island

The South Korean government said an avian influenza virus has been detected in wild bird droppings on the southern island of Jeju. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said an H5N2 strain of the bird flu virus was detected in excretions of wild birds in the northeastern part of the island Nov. 6. The ministry will check to see if the virus is highly pathogenic, with a result expected in a couple of days
12th Nov 2017 - Yonhap News Agency

Update from Tivoli on the recent outbreak of H5N8 avian flu in the region

On 3rd November there was an H5N8 outbreak of avian flu in the Tivoli region. In close coordination with local health commissioners the mayor has signed an order to seize the non-commercial livestock where the infection was detected
12th Nov 2017 - Tiburno.tv

Bird flu: The worst may be over in WC

Officials say there have been no new reported bird flu cases in the province of Cape Town in South Africa, signalling the worst may be over
11th Nov 2017 - Eyewitness News

First Consultations Held On WHO Pandemic Flu Framework Options

The World Health Organization is consulting member states and stakeholders on the future of its mechanism to help prepare the world for the next influenza pandemic. It is particularly asking whether countries should submit not only the biological samples of their influenza viruses, but also their genetic information through the mechanism. Also in question is whether the mechanism should be extended to cover seasonal influenza
11th Nov 2017 - ip-watch.org

What You Need to Know About Bird Flu

Some strains of bird flu (namely the H7N9 variety) appear to have become increasingly virulent to humans—the outbreak earlier this year in China is one example. But the Centers for Disease Control says that overall, human cases are still rare and sporadic.
11th Nov 2017 - Yahoo Finance

WUR: bird flu virus H5N8 came from migratory birds from Russia

Russian migratory birds brought bird flu viruses to the Netherlands last November. The viruses were different from those that caused an outbreak of avian influenza in 2014. Scientists believe that the H5N8 virus can very quickly change genetic composition, increasing the risk of infection in humans and animals. This is stated in a research conducted by the Bioveterinary Institute of Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR) for the recent bird flu outbreak .
11th Nov 2017 - Boerderij.nl

Dead swan in Shimane found to be infected with avian flu

The Environment Ministry said a dead wild swan found at a western Japan lake was infected with a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, confirming it as the first bird flu case in the country this season. A detailed examination conducted at Tottori University determined the presence of the H5N6 influenza strain, which has caused severe outbreaks in Japan and Asia in the past, according to the ministry
10th Nov 2017 - Japan Today

Why Did the 1918 Flu Kill So Many Otherwise Healthy Young Adults?

Experts fear that a new pandemic, of influenza or another infectious agent, could kill millions. Bill Gates is leading the funding effort to prevent this. An influenza virus is currently killing chickens in Asia, and has recently killed humans who had contact with chickens. This virus is of a subtype that has not been known to cause pandemics. It has not yet demonstrated the ability to be transmitted from person to person. However, whether this ability will arise during ongoing virus evolution cannot be predicted
10th Nov 2017 - Smithsonian mag.com

The mystery of a 1918 veteran and the flu pandemic


10th Nov 2017 - The Conversation.com

Russian migratory birds brought the avian flu last year

The bird flu viruses that were discovered in the Netherlands a year ago were brought into the country from Russia by migratory birds. This is the findings of a study by the Bioveterinary Institute of Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR). Fifteen poultry farms were cleared and more than 727,000 animals were killed and numerous wild water birds were euthanized too
9th Nov 2017 - AD.nl


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Bird flu detected in western Japan

Japan's environment ministry confirmed Thursday that a wild swan found dead in western Japan was infected with a highly pathogenic bird flu. Further tests at the Tottori University confirmed that the swan was infected with the highly pathogenic H5N6 influenza strain
9th Nov 2017 - Xinhuanet.com

Dead swan in western Japan found to be infected with avian flu


9th Nov 2017 - Mainichi.jp

Cooperative agreement to enhance avian flu response

An Iowa State University center has received a $1 million federal cooperative agreement to enhance preparedness for future outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, such as the 2015 crisis that forced U.S. egg and poultry producers to eliminate millions of birds
9th Nov 2017 - Feedstuffs

Snapshot of H7N9 patients highlights importance of early antivirals

A retrospective review of confirmed H7N9 avian influenza infections from China's Guangdong province to learn more about the demographics, disease severity, and treatment found that early oseltamivir treatment was linked to fewer intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and deaths. A research team from the Guangdong Province Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported their findings in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases
9th Nov 2017 - CIDRAP

Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of humans with avian influenza A (H7N9) infection in Guangdong, China, 2013–2017

A study sought to describe the demographics and clinical characteristics of patients with A (H7N9) infection, test the differences in the distribution of demographics and clinical characteristics by clinical severity, and explore potential factors associated with clinical severity. The study concluded that preventive measures should focus on high-risk populations, such as the elderly and the groups with high frequency exposure to live poultry. Earlier oseltamivir and zanamivir treatment were recommended
8th Nov 2017 - International Journal of Infectious Diseases


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No new cases of bird flu in Western Cape over past week

The spread of the bird flu virus that has decimated parts the Western Cape's poultry industry may be be slowing down, according to Alan Winde, the Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities, a post that includes agriculture. In a statement on Wednesday Winde said that no new cases of bird flu have been reported in the province in the past week
8th Nov 2017 - fin24.com

South Africa: MEC Alan Winde On Avian Influenza Infections in Western Cape


8th Nov 2017 - AllAfrica

No new avian flu cases in Western Cape


8th Nov 2017 - iol.co.za

Nearly 90000 birds culled because of 4 outbreaks of bird flu

In Bulgaria, nearly 90,000 birds have been killed so far because of outbreaks of avian influenza, said the press office of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency. The first outbreak occured in the middle of October in the village of Stefanovo in the region of Dobrich. About 11,000 birds were culled.
8th Nov 2017 - Focus News

One year after the first piece of avian flu evidence: Avian flu danger in Germany not banished

One year after the first detection of the highly dangerous pathogen H5N8 in dead waterfowl at Lake Plön in Schleswig-Holstein, infected wild birds are still being found in Europe and infected poultry flocks - an indication that the pathogen still occurs in the environment.
8th Nov 2017 - Thüringer Allgemeine

Preparing for winter for the best chance to prevent bird flu

In the UK the risk of avian flu returning, after last winter’s unprecedented number of outbreaks, is very real. The government has raised the official risk from low to medium, mainly in light of H5N8 outbreaks across Europe. Italy has reported 17 recent outbreaks of the virus, with one farm housing 850,000 layers – one of the country’s largest. In Germany, wild birds are once again turning up with the virus present, and Bulgaria has had two outbreaks
8th Nov 2017 - World Poultry

Germany: FLI Risk Assessment On Return Of HPAI H5 Avian Flu

Germany's FLI (Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut) has published a new risk assessment on the potential return of HPAI H5 this winter to Europe. When H5N8 returned to Europe in the fall of 2016 after an 18-month absence it brought with it new virulence, an expanded host range, and significant genetic changes. Today's risk assessment, while focusing on H5N8, also makes note of (as recently have both the UK's DEFRA and the ECDC) of H5N6, which is feared could eventually wing its way from Asia into Europe as have H5N8 and H5N1
8th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

Avian influenza outbreak: Chink in flu control

A major flaw has been exposed in Australia’s pandemic influenza management plan in the wake of the worst avian influenza outbreak to hit Europe. In 2014, Victoria’s health management plan for pandemic influenza recommended anyone handling pigs and poultry be routinely vaccinated with seasonal influenza vaccine. But poultry producers and industry staff contacted by The Weekly Times say they have never heard of such a recommendation and there was no mention of the need for vaccination on the Department of Health’s or Agriculture Victoria’s websites
8th Nov 2017 - Weekly Times Now

PHL on track to regaining bird flu-free status by year-end

The Philippines may regain its bird flu-free status before the end of the year, as the government would soon be able to complete the roll out of all the necessary measures to manage the avian-influenza virus. The Bureau of Animal Industry is planning to notify the World Organisation for Animal Health that the Philippines is already bird flu-free by December 20, more than four months after the virus was discovered in some towns in Central Luzon
8th Nov 2017 - Business Mirror

$1 million cooperative agreement will help ISU veterinarians strengthen avian influenza response

An Iowa State University center has received a $1 million federal cooperative agreement to enhance preparedness for future outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, such as the 2015 crisis that forced U.S. egg and poultry producers to eliminate millions of birds
8th Nov 2017 - Iowa State University


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MoU signed for Bhutan One Health Strategic plan

The Health Ministry signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, and other relevant stakeholders. It was signed to implement the Bhutan One Health Strategic Plan for prevention of emerging and re-emerging infectious zoonotic diseases. Infectious zoonotic diseases such as rabies, highly pathogenic avian influenza caused by H5N1 virus have been a major driver for the adaptation of a one health approach to disease management
7th Nov 2017 - bbs.bt

Experts fear increased risk of bird flu again

Tens of thousands of animals were slaughtered during the bird flu epidemic last winter. During the recent summer the virus disappeared. Is it coming back? Experts expect that it will.
7th Nov 2017 - Augsburger Allgemeine

Italy: IZSV Reports 8 New Avian Flu Outbreaks

Although the IZSV website hasn't posted their standard narrative yet, they've updated their map and PDF files, showing 8 new avian flu outbreaks since last Monday's report. Additionally, Asti Province reported its first bird flu outbreak of 2017
7th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

New bird flu alert service launched as threat level is raised from low to medium

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in England has raised the risk level for an incursion of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds to ‘MEDIUM’. The risk for poultry remains ‘LOW’ for introduction of infection onto individual premises, but will depend on fowl farmers’ levels of biosecurity
7th Nov 2017 - Derry Journal


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There are 4 Outbreaks of Bird Flu in Bulgaria

A total of four outbreaks of avian influenza have been found in Bulgaria - in the districts of Dobrich, Haskovo, Sliven and Yambol, the press agency of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency said
6th Nov 2017 - Novinite

More bird flu outbreaks in Bulgaria


6th Nov 2017 - The Sofia Globe

Japan: Testing Dead Mute Swan For AI In Shimane Prefecture

Today Japanese media is carrying multiple reports of the discovery of a dead mute swan in Shimane Prefecture, which has preliminarily tested positive for influenza A. It will take a few days before a full laboratory analysis can tell us what type of influenza they are dealing with
6th Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com


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Dom Rep Government Seeks Help To Fight Bird Flu

The government of the Dominican Republic has announced the creation of a commission to help control and eradicate bird flu. According to Agriculture Minister Ángel Estévez, the commission will work to boost poultry production, and enable the country to maintain its sanitary standards free of the disease, and to monitor the outbreak detected in the northern section of the country
5th Nov 2017 - Jamaica Gleaner

Bulgaria reports two more outbreaks of virulent bird flu

A virulent bird flu virus has spread to two more regions in Bulgaria prompting veterinary authorities to announce a cull of nearly 8,000 ducks, the Balkan country’s food safety agency said on Sunday.“A total of four outbreaks of bird flu are registered in Bulgarian territory at the moment,” the agency said
5th Nov 2017 - Reuters

Avian influenza detected in Suwon, South Korea

In South Korea, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said an H5 strain of the bird flu virus was detected in excretions of wild birds in Suwon, 46 kilometers south of Seoul. The ministry said it will check to see if the virus is highly pathogenic within the next 3-6 days
4th Nov 2017 - poandpo.com

Norwich's Iceni Diagnostics hopes to reduce avian flu culls across East Anglia with new test

Future50 business Iceni Diagnostics is working on a device to detect avian flu quickly, to help farmers identify infection among chickens, turkeys and geese – reducing the need for mass culls
3rd Nov 2017 - Norwich Evening News

Avian flu alert as winter brings bird migrants

Poultry keepers have been reminded of the vital importance of effective biosecurity and to remain vigilant for signs of avian flu this winter. The UK is currently free from avian influenza (H5N8), but there is a constant risk the disease may arrive, especially now the bird migration season is underway
3rd Nov 2017 - Wales Farmer


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Researchers develop bird flu diagnostic device

Norfolk scientists have been given a grant to help create new technology to help diagnose bird flu. The device could be used by a vet on-farm, using a carbohydrate-based chemical, developed in ID's Norwich Research Park laboratories, which latches on to the avian influenza virus, providing an instant diagnosis
2nd Nov 2017 - ITV

Will the deadly bird flu virus become a threat to humans worldwide at some point in the future?

A team of scientists from the University of Tokyo and other research institutions found in research that the bird flu virus H7N9 has so far infected about 1,600 people worldwide. Of those affected, around 40 percent died as a result of the disease a high mortality rate. They examined its future potential
27th Oct 2017 - Heilpraxisnet.de


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EID Journal: H7N9 Viruses Co-circulating In Chickens In Southern China, 2016–2017

A new study, published in the EID Journal, looks at the growing diversity among H7N9 viruses in China. Specifically they isolated 3 different H7N9 viruses found to be co-circulating in chickens between June 2016 and January 2017 in Gaungdong Province, China. As the authors note, all three of these viruses possess traits that `could cause a pandemic among poultry and humans in China'
1st Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

New test bids to speed bird flu diagnosis

Norwich researchers are developing new technology that could revolutionise the way Avian Influenza is diagnosed, thanks to a £60,000 grant from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative. There have been reports outside the UK of the virus crossing to humans and so authorities immediately cull whole flocks and other flocks in close proximity, whether the birds are infected or not. It’s hoped this new method might reduce the need for precautionary mass culls of poultry in the future
1st Nov 2017 - Business Weekly

A Curious (And Unverified) H5N8 Report From Russia

Some unconfirmed reports from the Russian press say that there was a purported statement by Anna Popova - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation - regarding potential human infection with HPAI H5N8. There were no details on where or when this occurred, or how many seropositive human cases have been detected
1st Nov 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

Rospotrebnadzor now indicating that H5N8 is transmissable to humans


1st Nov 2017 - Ria.ru

Rospotrebnadzor now indicating that H5N8 is transmissable to humans


1st Nov 2017 - Mosaica.ru

Video: Cage-free pledge by 2025 is a "regrettable move", chief vet says

The UK's chief vet Nigel Gibbens has described the commitment by leading retailers to go cage-free by 2025 as a "regrettable move." The chief vet, who has previously questioned whether farmers should continue with free range production in areas of high risk from AI, said more thought needed to be given to what would happen in 2025
1st Nov 2017 - FarmingUK


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Bird flu drill held

In Hong Kong, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan observed an avian influenza outbreak drill today conducted by the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department. The exercise simulated a poultry culling operation in which 100 staff from various departments conducted frontline duties
31st Oct 2017 - Hong Kong Government

AFCD conducts exercise to test avian influenza outbreak response


31st Oct 2017 - Hong Kong Government


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Avian flu virus - highly pathogenic

Avian flu is explained to El Dia readers, the symptoms, the impact on farms and how to best work to prevent or treat it
31st Oct 2017 - El Dia.com.do

Import of poultry meat and products from Province of Milan in Italy to be suspended

In Hong Kong, the Centre for Food Safety announced that in view of a notification from the OIE about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the Province of Milan in Italy, the CFS has instructed the trade to suspend the import of poultry meat and products from the province with immediate effect
30th Oct 2017 - Hong Kong Government

Province of Milan poultry banned


30th Oct 2017 - Hong Kong Government

China's Hong Kong suspends import of poultry products from Italy's Milan over bird flu outbreak


30th Oct 2017 - Xinhua News Agency

Hong Kong blocks Milan poultry after bird-flu cases


30th Oct 2017 - La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno

China's Wen's overhauls poultry business after bird flu toll

Chinese chicken breeder Guangdong Wen’s Foodstuff Group said it had switched to new broiler breeds and expanded sales of chilled poultry meat in the wake of the country’s worst-ever wave of bird flu last winter. Almost 300 people have died from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in China since last October, far exceeding the death toll of previous winters
30th Oct 2017 - Reuters


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First case of highly pathogenic flu A(H5N8) in wild bird in Cyprus

Cyprus notified the OIE that a wild bird had been found dead and infected with highly pathogenic Avian Flu A(H5N8) in September. It is the first time A(H5N8) has been detected in Cyprus
28th Oct 2017 - MesVaccins.net

Study: Mutated H7N9 virus can pass more easily

A veterinary institute in China has found that the H7N9 bird flu virus has mutated, making the infection of animals significantly easier, but a Chinese health official said the mutation will not increase the risk of human-to-human transmission
28th Oct 2017 - ecns

Avian influenza detected in S. Korea

In South Korea, a state environmental research institute said that the avian influenza virus has been detected in wild bird droppings in Gwangwon Province. The National Institute of Environmental Research under the environment ministry said that the type H5N3 virus was found in excretions of wild birds
28th Oct 2017 - Yonhap News Agency

Can we predict the world’s next pandemic?

A new Australian study, published this week by Jemma Geoghegan from Macquarie University and Edward Holmes from the University of Sydney, argued it’s impossible to predict a global outbreak because there are too many variables. They said efforts will fail because the enormous number of unknown viruses could evolve and appear in humans at any time. “The [Global Virome Project] will be great for understanding more about viruses and their evolution, but I don’t see how it’ll help us work out what’s going to infect us,” Dr Geoghegan said
29th Oct 2017 - News.com.au

Can we predict the world's next pandemic?


29th Oct 2017 - New Zealand Herald


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Is China Ground Zero for a Future Pandemic?

There is no human vaccine yet available that can guarantee protection against the most recent variant of H7N9. Scientists are helping pave the way for one. They’ve been looking deeply into the virus’ genesis and infection sources, predicting possible transmission routes around the globe. They’re sharing this information with like-minded researchers in China and abroad, and offering seasonal vaccine recommendations to international entities
26th Oct 2017 - Smithsonian

EFSA says wild birds spread avian flu to EU member states

The European Food Safety Authority says migratory wild birds are spreading avian influenza around the globe. The agency figures migration routes crossing the north-eastern and eastern EU borders are the most likely pathway for avian flu entering the continent
26th Oct 2017 - Food Safety News

Fears grow in UK after bird flu cases in Europe

The risk of avian influenza in the UK currently remains low, despite confirmation of outbreaks in continental Europe. Authorities have confirmed to the OIE that bird flu has struck in a near 42,000-bird commercial layer flock in the Zeeland region of the Netherlands. The strain involved is a low path type H5N2
26th Oct 2017 - Farming UK

Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

On 8 and 15 September 2017, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) notified WHO of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. To date, a total of 1564 laboratory-confirmed human infections with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus have been reported through IHR notification since early 2013.
26th Oct 2017 - World Health Organization


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H7N9 virus mutation poses increased threat: scientists

Chinese scientists studying the evolution of H7N9 influenza viruses have found that mutations of the virus pose increased threats to humans. "Our study indicated that the new H7N9 mutations are lethal to chickens and pose an increased threat to humans, thus highlighting the need to control and eradicate H7N9 viruses to prevent a possible pandemic," Chen Hualan, director of the National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory, said
25th Oct 2017 - ecns

Scientists warn mutation of H7N9 virus poses greater threat to humans


25th Oct 2017 - Xinhua

The mutation of the H7N9 virus poses a growing threat


25th Oct 2017 - Quotidien du Peuple

H7N9 - a new flu virus of which we should be scared?


24th Oct 2017 - VRT NWS

Bird flu risk in UK wild birds increased to medium

The UK government has increased the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) risk from low to medium for wild birds in UK, but poultry flocks remain low
25th Oct 2017 - Farming UK

Avian influenza risk raised from low to medium in wild birds in UK


25th Oct 2017 - Poultry World


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Consultation On Future Of WHO Pandemic Flu Programme To Look At Seasonal Viruses, Genetic Information

The WHO mechanism to prepare the world for the next influenza pandemic is pondering its future and possible improvements. Among them are its extension to seasonal influenza, and the inclusion of genetic virus information along with biological samples to keep pace with technological developments. There will be a consultation to discuss an analysis showing the potential beneficial or deleterious effects of the suggested changes to the system
24th Oct 2017 - ip-watch.com

World leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’

A pandemic simulation was held during the World Bank’s annual meeting in Washington this month. Although there is more awareness about the issue, experts agree that the world is not prepared for the next pandemic
24th Oct 2017 - Washington Post

Global leaders simulated the 'inevitable' pandemic set to hit the world - and concluded we are not ready at all


24th Oct 2017 - Daily Mail

Avian flu: Risk via wild birds rises to "medium"

The level of the UK's risk of avian influenza due to an incursion in wild birds has been raised from low to medium but the risk for poultry remains low for introduction of infection onto individual premises. As a consequence the government is recommending that levels of biosecurity should be increased
24th Oct 2017 - Smallholder

Avian flu: Risk via wild birds rises to "medium"


24th Oct 2017 - Somerset County Gazette

Avian flu vaccine to be discussed - DAFF

In South Africa, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) said that it was discussing a highly pathogenic avian influenza vaccination strategy with various stakeholders, including poultry farmers and vaccine manufacturers
24th Oct 2017 - Independent Online

Mammalian Pathogenesis and Transmission of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Viruses, Tennessee, USA, 2017

Infections with low pathogenicity and highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H7N9) viruses affected poultry in 4 states in the south eastern United States in 2017. A study evaluated pathogenicity and transmission of representative viruses in mouse and ferret models and examined replication kinetics in human respiratory tract cells. These viruses can cause respiratory infections in mammalian models
23rd Oct 2017 - Emerging Infectious Diseases

Indonesia Voices Concern Over Biological Warfare Threat

Health security is expected to increasingly become a global concern in the coming years and Indonesia is particularly worried about biological warfare, a senior member of the country's military said. This comes as a three-day international conference on health security, attended by representatives from 50 countries, began in Jakarta
24th Oct 2017 - Jakaarta Globe

Report details U.S., global steps to prevent next pandemic

A break in key U.S. support for global efforts to protect Americans and the world from pandemics could stall momentum that has been gaining steam in the wake of recent threats such as Ebola and Zika viruses, according to a new report from PATH
24th Oct 2017 - CIDRAP

U.S. leadership and sustained funding urgently needed to prevent pandemics


24th Oct 2017 - Path.org


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Germany discovers case of H5N8 bird flu in wild duck: OIE

Germany has discovered a case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu in a wild duck, the OIE said on Monday. The virus was found in a mallard duck in Osterwald in Bentheim in the northern state of Lower Saxony, said the OIE, citing information from the German food and agriculture ministry
23rd Oct 2017 - Reuters

Bulgaria reports two outbreaks of H5 bird flu - OIE

Bulgaria has reported two outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu virus, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.
23rd Oct 2017 - Reuters

Will there soon be another outbreak of bird flu?

"We are very worried," said Klaus-Peter Linn, Managing Director of the Poultry Farmers' Association of Baden-Württemberg. "The situation is dangerous." In August, the bird flu virus H5N8 was recorded in wild animals in Saxony-Anhalt. In Lower Saxony, too, the pathogen was identified for consumer protection in a wild bird, according to the local authorities. Also in Europe, there were cases in Italy, France and Switzerland, said Linn.
23rd Oct 2017 - TAG24

South Africa: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries On Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

In South Africa, to date, a total of ninety-two locations have been identified that tested positive for HPAI H5N8, and reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF) has been working very closely with several role players on critical issues related to the control of the outbreak of HPAI
23rd Oct 2017 - AllAfrica.com

South Africa: Department Working to Control Avian Flu Outbreak

In South Africa, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has been working closely with several role players to control the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the country. The department said it is working on finding the best means to protect consumers and support poultry farmers
23rd Oct 2017 - AllAfrica.com


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Bird flu in Poland? The risk is real and remains very high

Bird flu threats in Poland are a very real threat at this moment due to the migratory season for wild birds. Veterinary services appeal to breeders to strictly comply with biosecurity regulations, otherwise bird flu will spill over into Poland like it did a year ago. Although experts say there is a spark of hope now, the worry is this time Polish poultry farmers relax too much and drop their guard
21st Oct 2017 - AgroFakt

New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential, U.S.-Japanese lab studies find

Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu suggest the virus can pass easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarms that it has the potential to create a global human pandemic
20th Oct 2017 - Japan Times

Influenza aviaria, il virus H7N9 sempre più minaccioso


20th Oct 2017 - Ansa.it

Novo vírus da gripe aviária é mais letal e resistente que anteriores


20th Oct 2017 - Correio Braziliense

Pandemic Potential Of Avian Flu On The Rise


20th Oct 2017 - Asian Scientist

New bird flu strain in China has experts worried about pandemic


21st Oct 2017 - Domain-B.com

Lethal strain of bird flu that’s resistant to drugs ‘could pose a threat to humans’


20th Oct 2017 - The Sun

New H7N9 Bird Flu Strain In China Has The Whole World Worried


21st Oct 2017 - Huffington Post

Warning about the spread of a new H5N8 outbreak

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Agriculture Minister Dr. Till Backhaus is warning all poultry farmers to take the necessary biosafety measures to prevent another bird flu epidemic like the 2016/17 one the industry faced. He urged them to redouble safety efforts in the face of risk from the new spread of H5N8
21st Oct 2017 - Top Agrar

South Africa: MEC Alan Winde Gives Update On Avian Influenza in Western Cape

There are 56 confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape. This is up from 50 confirmed cases last week. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the number of culled birds stood at 2.7 million, of which 2.6m were layer hens
20th Oct 2017 - allafrica.com

Avian Influenza detected in Jeolla Province low pathogenic strains

The avian influenza viruses recently detected in central South Korea have been confirmed to be low pathogenic strains, H5N2 and H6N2, the agriculture ministry said. Bird flu viruses were discovered in three samples of wild bird droppings collected from a river in Iksan, about 200 kilometres south of Seoul, on Thursday
22nd Oct 2017 - Korea Herald


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Will the World's Most Worrying Flu Virus Go Pandemic?

The CDC keeps a Most Wanted list for flu viruses and evaluates every potentially dangerous strain, with two scores out of 10—one reflecting how likely they are to trigger a pandemic, and another that measures how bad that pandemic would be. At the top of the list, with scores of 6.5 for emergence and 7.5 for impact, is H7N9
19th Oct 2017 - The Atlantic

The next wave of bird flu could be worse than ever

Researchers isolated the H7N9 virus from a fatal human case and tested it and two genetically modified versions in ferrets, which are susceptible to both human and bird flu viruses. The tested viruses can spread to other ferrets through airborne fluid droplets like those released by a cough or a sneeze, sometimes turning deadly, researchers report October 19 in Cell Host and Microbe.
19th Oct 2017 - Science News

H7N9 influenza is both lethal and transmissible in animal model for flu


19th Oct 2017 - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Is a Dangerous Bird Flu on the Horizon?


19th Oct 2017 - Healthday.com

H7N9 study finds virus poised to become more lethal, resistant to treatment


19th Oct 2017 - CIDRAP

New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential, study says


20th Oct 2017 - ABS-CBN

H7N9 Influenza is Both Lethal and Transmissible in Animal Model for Flu


20th Oct 2017 - Infection Control Today

Dutch bird flu outbreak leads to trade bans

Hong Kong has banned regional Dutch poultry products following an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza which led to the culling of more than 40,000 birds
19th Oct 2017 - Poultry World

New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential: study

Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarms that the virus has the potential for triggering a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday
19th Oct 2017 - Reuters

Researchers are tracking pandemic potential of H7N9 bird flu in China


19th Oct 2017 - Eurekalert.com

Dept of Disease Control moves to prevent bird flu outbreak

In Thailand, the Department of Disease Control is implementing measures to prevent the spread of avian flu during the end of the rainy season, following outbreaks in many other countries
19th Oct 2017 - Pattaya Mail


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South Africa: Government Exploring Solutions to Avian Influenza Outbreak

South Africa's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says the department is engaging the poultry industry to find ways to tackle the avian influenza outbreak. The H6N2 highly pathogenic avian influenza originates in China and has been spread mainly by wild birds
18th Oct 2017 - AllAfrica.com

Human case of A(H5N1) avian influenza infection in Bali

In Indonesia, the Health Ministry confirmed that there is an outbreak of A(H5N1) avian influenza, and 5 people are suspected of having become infected; lab tests have been carried out and results are awaited
18th Oct 2017 - MesVaccins.net

No decision yet on bird flu vaccination

In South Africa, the Minister of Agriculture says state veterinarians are still assessing whether SA chickens should be vaccinated amid the country's worst ever bird flu outbreak
18th Oct 2017 - Fin24

DAERA launches text alerts for Avian Flu

In the UK, a new text alert service to inform bird keepers of any disease outbreaks has been launched by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair. The new system ‘goes live’ as chief veterinary officer for NI, Robert Huey urges bird keepers to remain vigilant to the threat of Avian Flu as the migratory cycle begins
18th Oct 2017 - The Scottish Farmer


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China confirms bird flu outbreak at chicken farms in central Anhui province

China confirmed a bird flu outbreak at some broiler chicken farms in the central province of Anhui, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday. The outbreak was confirmed as a case of the H5N6 strain of the virus
17th Oct 2017 - Reuters

EU is trying to avoid avian flu pandemic

EFSA is asking poultry farmers to report all instances of dead wild birds and avoiding farm birds being in contact with wild birds by using nets, as well as avoiding moving poultry to other farms
17th Oct 2017 - Santé Magazine

Low pathogenic A(H5N2) avian flu outbreak in poultry in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has reported an outbreak of avian flu in the Zeeland province, on a poultry farm
17th Oct 2017 - MesVaccins.net

VIDEO: ‘Great need’ for new antivirals to combat H7N9

Timothy M. Uyeki, MD, medical epidemiologist in the CDC’s Influenza Division, discusses the growing avian influenza A(H7N9) epidemic in China. According to Uyeki, there have been five epidemic waves of H7N9 in China so far. As of early October, there have been 1,562 cases of H7N9, 99% of whom required hospitalization. The case fatality rate is “alarmingly high” at approximately 40% among hospitalized patients, Uyeki says
18th Oct 2017 - helio.com

EFSA advise on Avian Flu


17th Oct 2017 - The Scottish Farmer

Dutch Poultry Farm Exposed to H5N2 Bird Flu


17th Oct 2017 - ThePoultrySite.com

EU prepares itself for cases of bird flu this winter


17th Oct 2017 - FarmingUK

Is the US Prepared for The Next Flu Pandemic?

In a recent Association of Health Care Journalists webcast, 2 experts discussed the pandemic potential of the most concerning flu epidemic circulating in China, and whether the United States is prepared for this threat. According to Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, another flu pandemic “is going to happen”, and the U.S. is not prepared
17th Oct 2017 - Contagion Live


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Bird flu reported in Netherlands - 41500 birds culled

Avian influenza has been reported in a commercial layer flock in the Netherlands. The outbreak is in a flock of 41,500 birds in the Zeeland region of the Netherlands. It is understood that the virus involved is a low pathogenic H5N2 strain
16th Oct 2017 - Farming UK

Pandemics pose major threats on Global Tourism Industry

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett said “we can no longer ignore or give insufficient attention to the imminent threat of pandemics and, if we fail to do so, world tourism faces a myriad of global challenges in the event of a world pandemic”
15th Oct 2017 - South Florida Caribbean News

Highly pathogenic A(H5N8) avian flu virus still very active in Northern Italy

While most European countries are becoming less affected by H5N8 avian flu, Italy is still faced with several outbreaks both in wild birds and on farms; there are concerns that avian flu will become a year round issue
16th Oct 2017 - MesVaccins.net

Farmers voice concerns about compensation for bird flu

South African farmers have said the damaging effect of the bird flu outbreak is being exacerbated by the delay in compensation by the government. Meanwhile, the situation in Western Cape continues to worsen with the number of confirmed cases rising to 50. At least 2.5m chickens and ducks have been culled in the province
16th Oct 2017 - Poultry World

Avian influenza text service launched for Northern poultry farmers

In Ireland, a text service has been launched to keep poultry farmers and bird keepers updated with the latest avian influenza threats. The service – which is run by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – will inform bird keepers of any disease outbreaks
16th Oct 2017 - Agriland

Avian influenza: new scientific advice boosts EU preparedness

Migratory wild birds crossing the north-eastern and eastern border of the European Union is the most likely pathway for avian influenza to enter the territory, says EFSA. One of the main recommendations is that water birds found dead should be reported to the local veterinary authorities – particularly during the influenza season
16th Oct 2017 - einnews.com

Avian influenza: new scientific advice boosts EU preparedness


16th Oct 2017 - Mainfatti

Agriculture minister pledges strong measures against bird flu

South Korea's agriculture minister vowed Monday to take strong quarantine measures against bird flu and foot-and-mouth disease ahead of the PyeongChang Olympics to prevent further outbreaks during the winter months
16th Oct 2017 - Yonhap News

South Korea free from highly pathogenic Avian Influenza: government

South Korea said it is free of highly pathogenic avian influenza as new cases of H5N6 and H5N8 strains haven't been discovered in the nation over the last three months, the government said Monday
16th Oct 2017 - Yonhap News

Pressing, multiplying biodefense issues plague U.S., experts say

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, a privately funded group established in 2014 to ascertain the current biodefense capabilities of the United States and issue expert recommendations to encourage change, has grown increasingly worried about microbial forensics and biological attribution
16th Oct 2017 - Homeland Pfreparedness News


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More than 40,000 hens slaughtered in the Netherlands following the discovery of an outbreak of avian influenza

Le Monde reports that more than 40,000 hens have been slaughtered in the Netherlands following the discovery of an outbreak of avian influenza
13th Oct 2017 - Le Monde

Are we prepared for the next disease outbreak?

Most emerging disease threats come from variants of the bird flu virus subtypes (H5N1, H7N9, H9N2) and swine flu virus subtypes (H1N1, H3N2). The next big threat pandemic threat is likely to be from a bird flu virus, which has prompted the CDC to classify avian influenza viruses as “viruses of special concern”
15th Oct 2017 - Hindustan Times

A bird flu outbreak detected in the Netherlands

An H5 type avian flu outbreak has been detected in the south of the Netherlands, and 42,000 hens will be slaughtered as a result to prevent spreading to other farms
13th Oct 2017 - lematin.ch

Western Cape government, DAFF working to find solutions to bird flu outbreak

The Western Cape government and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries are continuing to work around the clock to find solutions following the bird flu outbreak. The number of confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape has risen to 50. At least 2.5 million chickens and ducks have been culled since an outbreak of bird flu occurred in the Cape
13th Oct 2017 - Eyewitness News

Bird flu detected at Witfield Dam

In South Africa, according to the chief state veterinarian at the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, a dead bird at Witfield Dam tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the virus a few weeks ago. This is the only bird to have died from the virus and it remains unclear if the other wild birds are also infected
12th Oct 2017 - Boksburg Advertiser


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Four Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian Flu Hit Italy This Month

There have been four outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in farms in central and northern Italy since the start of the month and about 865,000 chickens, ducks and turkeys will be culled, officials said
11th Oct 2017 - Voice of America

Vogelgrippe-Ausbruch in Italien - A(H5N8)-Virus


12th Oct 2017 - NEWS.at

le virus H5N8 frappe un élevage de 900 000 poules en Italie


11th Oct 2017 - Aviculture Réussir

Producers to boost biosecurity measures after bird flu outbreak

SA poultry farmers are scrambling to boost biosecurity measures to curb the spread of the avian flu virus, as government considers rolling out a vaccination programme
12th Oct 2017 - Fin24

Western Cape losing fight against avian flu

The number of confirmed cases of avian influenza in the province of Cape Town has risen to 50, according to the Western Cape government. The Provincial Disaster Management Centre is assisting the Department of Agriculture with the coordination of steps to mitigate the effects of the outbreak
12th Oct 2017 - iol.co.za

Zambia has not recorded any cases of bird flu

Livestock and Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo says Zambia still remains at high risk of the resurgent avian influenza which has affected some African countries. Mr Katambo says while Zambia has not recorded any cases of bird flu, some neighboring countries have continued to see cases and in some instances the disease has spread
12th Oct 2017 - Lusaka Times


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Italy culls birds after five H5N8 avian flu outbreaks in October

Italy has had five outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu in farms the central and northern parts of the country since the start of the month and about 880,000 chickens, ducks and turkeys will be culled, officials said
11th Oct 2017 - Reuters

Should vaccines be used to curb avian influenza?

In South Africa, there has recently been much debate about whether the poultry industry should use vaccines to curb the avian influenza outbreak. However, Dr Charlotte Nkuna, acting CEO of the South African Poultry Association (SAPA), said that SAPA’s position on the use of these vaccines largely depended on whether government would compensate producers for their losses
11th Oct 2017 - Farmers Weekly.co.za

America is not prepared for this year's flu pandemic: Experts warn we could soon be hit by an aggressive strain of avian flu that could be hard to control

With the height of flu season fast approaching, experts are warning that the US is not prepared for the destruction that the disease could induce this year. If a strain of avian flu with Asian lineage makes its way to the US, it could cause widespread devastation as there is no vaccination for it and it has killed about 40 percent of those it has infected in China
11th Oct 2017 - Daily Mail


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Airborne Transmission of Highly Pathogenic Influenza Virus during Processing of Infected Poultry (H5N1)

A new study’s results support the hypothesis that airborne transmission of HPAI viruses can occur among poultry and from poultry to humans during home or live-poultry market slaughter of infected poultry
10th Oct 2017 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Countdown to the deadly pandemic

The countdown has now begun in earnest for residents to sign up to take part in a pioneering BBC science documentary to simulate how pandemic flu – the deadliest threat to world health – could spread through a small close-knit community
10th Oct 2017 - Petersfield Herald

Task team deployed to combat Avian flu in Gauteng

Gauteng MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile says a dedicated team of experts has been tasked in assisting the private poultry industry fight Avian flu in the province
10th Oct 2017 - SABC

AI this autumn a real threat, says APHA

European poultry farmers will have to be on their guard against a range of different strains of bird flu over the next few months as the autumn migratory season gets underway. They will have to watch out for H5N8 High Pathogenic Avian Influenza, which has continued to persist in the environment
10th Oct 2017 - Poultry World

U.S. not prepared for a flu pandemic, experts warn

As the U.S. begins its annual flu season, experts warn that the country is ill-prepared for a pandemic flu that could cause widespread disruption and death. They looked at 30 essential drugs and found that they all are made outside the U.S. except for a couple made in Puerto Rico. Any kind of disruption from a pandemic elsewhere, particularly in India or China, would have a rapid impact on U.S. health care
10th Oct 2017 - Augusta Chronicle


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Fight to protect Australia from pandemics will be waged outside borders with $20 million plan

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced Australia would commit $20 million to a regional pandemic preparedness and response plan to protect both Australia and its neighbours from future outbreaks. [But] the real challenge is within the region if there is an emergence of a new wave of zika [or] you could have the equivalent of the Asian bird flu," he said.
9th Oct 2017 - Sydney Morning Herald

City takes steps as bird flu outbreak hits zoos

Johannesburg is on full alert monitoring its valuable bird collection for avian influenza which has struck its parks and zoo facilities; spokesperson Jenny Moodley said the HPA1 virus was not contagious to humans, but sick birds and carcasses should not be directly handled as a precautionary measure
9th Oct 2017 - iol.co.za

Sovereign contains outbreak of bird flu

An avian influenza outbreak at a Sovereign Foods facility in South Africa had been contained to the layer house where it was initially identified, the poultry producer told shareholders
9th Oct 2017 - Business Live

Avian flu: poultry farmers to gather in the Landes region of France for a protest

French poultry farmers in the south west region are planning to gather to show how their work has been affected by the H5N8 outbreak and to call for government help and for a vaccine to be authorised
6th Oct 2017 - France 3


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Five things to know about the Joburg bird flu outbreak

According to the interim CEO of the South African Poultry Association‚ the H5N8 avian flu outbreak in Johannesburg only affects birds and not the health of human beings
5th Oct 2017 - Times Live

Two flocks of birds at C. Washington State Fair test positive for avian flu

Two flocks of birds at the recently concluded Central Washington State Fair were infected with bird flu, but health officials say it’s a strain that has not been shown to infect humans
6th Oct 2017 - Yakima Herald

Consequential Epidemiology: Facing the Enemy, Fighting for the Future

At this point in our evolutionary relationship with pathogens, infectious diseases expert and renowned epidemiologist Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, says our major concern should be pandemic influenza, which can be particularly crippling to the just-in-time society in which we live
6th Oct 2017 - Infection Control Today

Update on avian flu A(H7N9) in China

China notified the Hong Kong health authorities of 2 new cases of A(H7N9) avian flu on the 8th September 2017, since the last update was made available; the number of cases has been falling in the past few months
6th Oct 2017 - Mes Vaccins

La crise de la grippe aviaire s'aggrave en Afrique du Sud


7th Oct 2017 - China.org.cn


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Bird flu virus hits Johannesburg

The bird flu virus has now hit Johannesburg with 581 birds culled since last month. The City of Johannesburg says most bird carcasses found have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the virus
5th Oct 2017 - EyeWitness News

Bird flu kills over 500 wild birds in Johannesburg


5th Oct 2017 - Farmers Weekly South Africa

Joburg cautions residents after detection of bird flu


5th Oct 2017 - Times Live

Joburg residents cautioned of bird flu outbreak


5th Oct 2017 - Rosebank Killarney Gazette

The fight against the flu

The National Institutes of Health announced that assistant professor of biochemistry Tijana Ivanovic has received a New Innovator Award to conduct research that may improve our chances of forecasting a flu pandemic
5th Oct 2017 - Brandeis University

H7N9 Flu Changes Worry Experts

Flu experts are watching China uneasily after some unsettling changes in the H7N9 avian influenza A strain during the 2016-17 epidemic in that country. The fifth wave of the virus saw a "huge surge in cases," the CDC's Tim Uyeki, MD, told a symposium at the annual IDWeek meeting
5th Oct 2017 - Medpage Today.com

CDC: Novel H7N9 Flu Virus, ‘Biggest Concern’ for Pandemic Capacity


5th Oct 2017 - Infectious Diseases

Preparing for Pandemics and Streamlining Vaccine Development

Preparing for a pandemic in the best way is not a single-pronged strategy. Multiple factors are the rule. Given this reality, the threat must be detected early and the response must be swift and effective. Biomedical research is crucial to this process, as is vaccine development
5th Oct 2017 - Contagion Live


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H5N8 virus still present in northern Italy

In northern Italy, 9 new H5N8 outbreaks were reported in September
4th Oct 2017 - Reussir Aviculture


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South Africa: MEC Alan Winde On Western Cape Plan to Respond to Avian Influenza Outbreak

Alan Winde, MEC of Economic Opportunities, and the Western Cape Government team driving the avian influenza recovery plan, briefed the media on the regional outbreak of avian influenza in the province
2nd Oct 2017 - allafrica.com


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Quantum Foods severely hampered by Avian flu outbreak

Egg producer Quantum Foods temporarily closed down the remaining two sites of the Lemoenkloof commercial layer farm as the outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza continued to plague its eggs farms in the Western Cape
2nd Oct 2017 - iol.co.za

30 ostrich farms under quarantine due to Avian Flu

Western Cape province minister of economic opportunities Alan Winde said his province had suffered the most with reported cases of Avian Influenza in the country. So far this year, the province has confirmed 36 cases and 70 ostrich farms are under quarantine
2nd Oct 2017 - iol.co.za

U.S. POULTRY Foundation Approves $125,000 in New Avian Influenza Research

The U.S. POULTRY Foundation has approved $125,000 in additional emergency funding to support avian influenza research and communication
2nd Oct 2017 - The Poultry Site.com

Biological Weapons and Virtual Terrorism

Today the simple do-it-yourself CRISPR kits could enable virtual terrorists targeting the food supply chain to alter the avian influenza genome and engineer a large bird flu epidemic, similar to the 2009 H1N1 epidemic in Asia that affected not only poultry, but also other mammals, including human beings
2nd Oct 2017 - Huffington Post


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WHO announces the development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness

The development of candidate influenza vaccine viruses, coordinated by the World Health Organization, remains an essential component of the overall global strategy for pandemic preparedness
30th Oct 2017 - World Health Organization

RVC researchers find link to spread of avian flu in Asia

A team of researchers has established a link between the use of free-grazing ducks to help farm the land in Vietnam and the spread of avian influenza within the country
29th Sep 2017 - Vet Times

World of Birds in Cape Town hit by Bird Flu (H5N8)

In South africa, Staff are pulling together after an outbreak of avian influenza at Africa's largest bird park situated in Cape Town. At least 62 cases of the deadly H5N8 influenza strain which include an outbreak among poultry and non-poultry animals have been reported throughout the country since June
1st Oct 2017 - Eyewitness News

H5N3 Avian Influenza Outbreak Reported in France

Dr Loic Evain has reported an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Maine-et-Loire. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the outbreak was reported after presence of the H5N3 strain was confirmed
28th Sep 2017 - The Poultry Site

New Bird Flu Epidemic Scares - There is a more resistant strain called H7N9 is in danger of spreading fast to humans

New Bird Flu Epidemic Scares - discusses the fact that there is a more resistant strain called H7N9 which is in danger of spreading fast to humans
29th Sep 2017 - Kasulik


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The Colombian government stresses that the country remains free of Avian flu

In Colombia, the government has explained that the H3N2 virus, which is present in the country, is not the avian influenza virus of which Colombia remains free
28th Sep 2017 - El Diario de Todos Bucaramanga

This Sinister Virus Could Cause the World's Next Flu Pandemic

H7N9 avian influenza is emerging as the virus most likely to cause the next flu pandemic. While it’s not so adept at spreading from human to human, it is potent, better adapted to our respiratory tracts than H5N1 and increasingly prevalent in people. Known to be circulating only within China, H7N9 has been mutating in sinister ways this past year, putting scientists on alert
28th Sep 2017 - Bloomberg

How you could help stop a flu pandemic

With international air travel at over four billion flights last year alone, stopping a flu pandemic taking hold is pretty much impossible, but the BBC Pandemic App will help a team of mathematical epidemiologists predict how a virus could spread across the UK and test what might be done to slow it down
28th Sep 2017 - BBC

Why Some Countries Were Harder Hit by the Pandemic Influenza Virus in 2009

A global pandemic mortality study found prominent regional mortality variations in 2009 for Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09. The study attempts to identify factors that explain why the pandemic mortality burden was high in some countries and low in others
28th Sep 2017 - Infection Control Today


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S. Korea steps up bird flu quarantine measures

South Korea will step up quarantine measures against bird flu as a suspected case was reported in the country's southern region, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said. The ministry said an H7N7 strain of avian influenza was found in wild bird droppings
27th Sep 2017 - Yonhap News Korea

Gov't to Strengthen Quarantine Measures against Bird Flu


27th Sep 2017 - KBS World.co.kr

U.S. Poultry Foundation approves $125,000 in new avian influenza research

The U.S. Poultry Foundation has approved $125,000 in additional emergency funding to support avian influenza research and communication. The research is a follow-up study on a previously funded project (BRU007) in which researchers provided insight on using ventilation shut down (VSD) as a humane depopulation method
27th Sep 2017 - Feedstuffs.com

U S Poultry & Egg Association : U.S. Poultry Foundation Approves $125,000 in New Avian Influenza Research


27th Sep 2017 - 4-traders.com

Pandemic flu simulation drill

In East Malaysia, a Pandemic Influenza Simulation Training was carried out by the District Health Office to improve the awareness level of medical personnel. District Health Epidemiology Officer Dr Sahrol Nizam Abu Bakar said that the simulation focused on Avian Influenza as it has been active in China and Hong Kong
27th Sep 2017 - Daily Express Malaysia

InDevR licenses influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai for novel vaccine platform

InDevR has licensed novel influenza antibodies from Mount Sinai Health System, and plans to incorporate the technology into its VaxArray Vaccine Potency platform, which aims to provide vaccine manufacturers with streamlined and cost-effective tools to modernize their production
27th Sep 2017 - Tech Transfer Central

Medicago Announces Phase 3 Study of VLP Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine

Medicago announced the start of a Phase 3 efficacy study for its seasonal quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) candidate
27th Sep 2017 - Pipeline Review.com

Good moods may boost flu shot efficacy for seniors


26th Sep 2017 - Medical News Today


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Avian influenza (H5N3) outbreak in the French region of Maine-et-Loire, 8,500 turkeys to be slaughtered

In the Maine-et-Loire region of France, an outbreak of H5N3 avian influenza has been confirmed on a turkey farm, where 8,500 turkeys are to be slaughtered to avoid the virus spreading further
26th Sep 2017 - 20minutes.fr

Maine-et-Loire : un foyer de grippe aviaire faiblement pathogène détecté


26th Sep 2017 - Europe1.fr

Maine-et-Loire : un foyer de grippe aviaire détecté dans un élevage de dindes


26th Sep 2017 - France3.fr

Maine-et-Loire. Un virus de grippe aviaire moins pathogène détecté


26th Sep 2017 - Ouest France

Avian flu has killed 21,342 people

Since 2004, the H5N1 virus has caused the death of 21,342 people according to FAO representative to Senegal Réda Lebtahi
26th Sep 2017 - Agence de Presse Senegalaise

Clusters of Human Infections With Avian Influenza A(H7N9) Virus in China, March 2013 to June 2015

Limited person-to-person transmission is likely to have occurred on multiple occasions since the H7N9 virus was first identified. However, these transmission events represented a small fraction of all identified cases of H7N9 human infection, and sustained person-to-person transmission was not documented
25th Sep 2017 - Journal of Infectious Disease

Avian flu virus found in bird excretions in rural city

A South Korean provincial government said that the avian influenza virus had been found in bird excretions in the southern part of the country. The government of North Gyeongsang Province said the H7N7 strain of avian influenza was detected in the excretions of wild birds
26th Sep 2017 - Yonhap News


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Imperial flu-expert talks about pandemics and responding to outbreaks

Professor Steven Riley talks about flu pandemics and the work of the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis & Modelling, Imperial College London
25th Sep 2017 - Imperial College London


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Uganda, Zimbabwe infected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Uganda and Zimbabwe have been added to the list of countries/regions affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
25th Sep 2017 - American Agriculturalist

Poultry keepers urged to take precautions to reduce bird flu risk

In light of the ongoing risk of avian flu, the four UK farming unions have been working together with government and the UK Poultry Health and Welfare Group to highlight the importance of maintaining high levels of on-farm biosecurity
24th Sep 2017 - Farming Life


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American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control

American poultry expert Dr. Fidelis Hegngi briefed African government delegates from nine countries on avian influenza during a two-day seminar in Pretoria and said that 24 hours from detection to depopulation is the ideal for effective avian influenza control
21st Sep 2017 - Biz Community.com

Western Cape department dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu

The Western Cape Agriculture Department is dealing with 26 confirmed cases of bird flu in the province. And by the end of this week, about two million chickens and ducks would have been culled as a result of the outbreaks
21st Sep 2017 - EyeWitness News

Poultry prices rise as flu spreads to more chicken farms


21st Sep 2017 - Business Live


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RCL Foods and Quantum Foods report cases of avian flu outbreaks

Poultry producers RCL Foods and Quantum Foods reported cases of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza (AI) in their separate farms in the Western Cape
20th Sep 2017 - iol.co.za

Quantum Foods confirms avian flu outbreak at two Western Cape layer farms


20th Sep 2017 - Engineering News

UNIST to track the spread of deadly Avian influenza

By successfully securing 3.19 billion KRW in research funding over four years, a research project to develop a new type of tracking device, capable of monitoring the migration routes of wild birds, is expected to accelerate the development of a self-powered tracking device for bird flu outbreak prediction
20th Sep 2017 - Eurekalert.org

U.S. experts share avian influenza best practice with African governments

US avian influenza experts met high-level officials from eight African countries in Pretoria this week, to share best practice in the prevention and control of an avian influenza outbreak
20th Sep 2017 - iol.co.za


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UK sounds the avian flu all-clear

Following outbreaks of avian influenza at the end of 2016 and start of 2017, the government's chief vet has announced that the UK has met international requirements to declare itself once again free from the disease
19th Sep 2017 - Scottish Farmer


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Vietnam to produce own avian influenza vaccine from 2018

Vietnam will produce its own vaccine against avian influenza A/H5N1 from 2018 to replace imported vaccines, according to the National Veterinary JSC, Navetco
18th Sep 2017 - Vietnam Net.vn

Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat from Italian province (Padua) due to H5N8

In view of a notification from the World Organization for Animal Health about an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the Province of Padua in Italy, Hong Kong has banned the import of poultry meat and product from the province
18th Sep 2017 - Xinhua.net


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CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Liaoning

The Centre for Health Protection is monitoring a notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that an additional human case of A(H7N9) was recorded in Liaoning, and urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene
15th Sep 2017 - Hong Kong Government

The evolving number of human cases of avian flu H7N9 in China

Roundup of the latest cases of human infection by A(H7N9) in China in August and September 2017
17th Sep 2017 - Mes Vaccins.net


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Bird flu detected in Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform has confirmed the presence of Bird flu in the province
14th Sep 2017 - Dispatch Live

First case of bird flu in Eastern Cape detected


14th Sep 2017 - Herald Live

Simulation to ensure flu pandemic readiness

Indonesia is set to conduct a two-day influenza pandemic simulation this month in certain areas of Jakarta’s neighbouring province of Banten in a bid to ensure preparedness for such a situation, if it were to arise in the future
15th Sep 2017 - Jakarta Post

It’s too easy for bioterrorists to access dangerous research

Ebola virus, a pandemic strain of flu – if these pathogens could be turned into bioweapons by terrorists or rogue nation states, they would threaten humanity; information that might aid that weaponisation process is in danger of leaking out, says the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
14th Sep 2017 - New Scientist


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Avian Influenza: UK now free of bird flu

The UK is free from Avian Influenza but the government has reiterated calls for all poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of the disease as there is a "real and constant threat"
13th Sep 2017 - Smallholder.co.uk

UK declares itself free from bird flu but Chief Vet urges vigilance


13th Sep 2017 - Farming UK.com

Smallholders face greater scrutiny following last Avian Flu outbreaks

The government is exploring more legislation for owners of small flocks of birds after confirming that five of the 13 confirmed cases of Avian Influenza between December 2016 to June 2017 were in flocks owned by smallholders.
13th Sep 2017 - Smallholder.co.uk

Where Will the Next Pandemic Threat Come From? Public Health Watch Report

On August 14, 2017, researchers from the CDC’s Global Disease Detection Operations Center provided an update on several infectious diseases it cited as the “top threats to public health” from 2012 to 2016, and what concerns they have regarding the threats posed by these diseases in the near term, including H5N1, but the report received little to no attention in the mainstream press
13th Sep 2017 - Contagion Live

IEC steps up work around avian influenza

The International Egg Commission (IEC) is providing a range of additional information on tackling avian influenza as part of its work to ensure members can tackle the disease
13th Sep 2017 - Poultry World.net

DA eyes changes in bird-flu protocol

The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture is keen on amending its avian-influenza protocol to ensure that measures to manage bird-flu outbreaks will not cause poultry growers to incur losses; Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the DA’s biosecurity experts are currently reviewing the AI protocol of South Korea and the European Union
13th Sep 2017 - Business Mirror


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Nigeria’s southwest state activates bird flu control measures

Nigeria’s southwest Ogun State activated bird flu control measures at a breeder poultry farm, located in Orile-Ilugun area of the state, to prevent the spread of Avian Influenza H5N8, which was discovered on the farm
12th Sep 2017 - News Ghana

H7N9 Avian Flu Continues to Spread, Worsen in China

The latest epidemic of Asian lineage avian influenza A (Asian H7N9) in China infected almost as many patients as the four previous outbreaks combined and gave rise to a variant less susceptible to available treatments and vaccines, researchers report
12th Sep 2017 - Medscape.com


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Bird viruses which jump to mammals

Chinese researchers may have found an explanation of why bird flu viruses, specifically the H7N9 virus, have been infectious for a few years, including to humans
11th Sep 2017 - Sveriges Radio

At least 40 bird flu cases confirmed since June outbreak

At least 40 cases of bird flu have been confirmed since an outbreak in June. Hundreds of thousands of birds have perished or been culled across South Africa since the H5N8 strain was detected
11th Sep 2017 - Eyewitness News

South Africa rattled by AI outbreak in the Western Cape

Poultry farmers in the Western Cape in South Africa have been rattled by the rise in number of high pathogen avian influenza cases since the first case was recorded on 9 August
11th Sep 2017 - Poultry World

Bird flu breaks in South Africa

There has been a continuous outbreak of bird flu in South Africa as more cases were recorded in six of the nine provinces, authorities confirmed on Sunday
11th Sep 2017 - Information Nigeria

Bird flu continues to spread in South Africa


11th Sep 2017 - Famagusta-Gazette.com


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This year's bird flu outbreak killed a record 281 people in China

Researchers at the CDC reported on Thursday that China reported nearly the same number of H7N9 cases as all four previous years combined, during the 2017 season
8th Sep 2017 - Vice.com

Bird Flu: A new threat to China evolving and spreading to other regions


8th Sep 2017 - Version Weekly

CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Hunan

The Centre for Health Protection is monitoring a notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) was recorded from September 1 to 7 in Hunan
8th Sep 2017 - Hong Kong Government

Bird Flu Spreads Across South Africa

Bird flu has continued to spread in South Africa as more cases of the outbreak were recorded in six of the nine provinces, authorities said on Sunday
10th Sep 2017 - PM News Nigeria

Bird flu continues unabated in South Africa


10th Sep 2017 - Vanguard Nigeria

COA Confirms Chickens to Have H5N8 Avian Flu

Chickens at two slaughterhouses in Taipei and New Taipei City were confirmed to be infected with the H5N8 avian influenza virus, the Council of Agriculture said
8th Sep 2017 - The Poultry Site


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Latest H7N9 epidemic biggest yet, new vaccines sought

The latest H7N9 avian influenza epidemic to affect China is the most widespread, with 759 cases reported as of Aug. 7; the epidemic caused 281 deaths, and recent variations between viruses have prompted health care officials to develop several new vaccine candidates
7th Sep 2017 - Healio.com

Vietnam takes preventive measures against bird flu

In Vietnam, the Department of Preventive Medicine requested the healthcare sector and relevant agencies to conduct measures to tackle avian viruses, with the likelihood of outbreaks in the country still high
7th Sep 2017 - Vietnam.net

200,000 chickens culled in Western Cape as province tackles bird flu

More than 200,000 chickens have died or been culled in the Western Cape as a result of an outbreak of bird flu, leading to over 100 job losses, according to Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde
7th Sep 2017 - fin24.com

Deadly Bird Flu In China Evolves, Spreads To New Regions

This past year China had the largest outbreak of a deadly bird flu since the virus was first detected in March 2013. During the 2017 season, the country reported nearly the same number of cases as all four previous years combined
7th Sep 2017 - npr.org


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UK chief vets: Prepare for winter bird flu threat

UK chief vets have stressed the need for poultry keepers to remain vigilant to the threat of bird flu and take action now to reduce their disease risk
6th Sep 2017 - Poultry World

Warning over risk of new strain of avian influenza


6th Sep 2017 - Scotsman

Poultry Keepers Urged to Prepare for Winter Avian Flu Threat


6th Sep 2017 - The Poultry Site

Review of protocols on handling bird flu urged

In the Philippines, the United Broilers Raisers Association has called on government agencies to review current protocols on handling bird flu cases in the wake of the recent bout with an avian influenza outbreak in three towns in central Luzon
6th Sep 2017 - Business Inquirer

New case of H7N9 human avian flu infection in China

Chinese health authorities notified the WHO of a H7N9 avian flu case in China involving a 58 year old man in the province of Fujia. He was hospitalized on 29th July, diagnosed with severe pneumonia. To date a total of 1588 cases of H7N9 human infection have been confirmed by health labs since the beginning of 2013
6th Sep 2017 - Mes Vaccins.net

Chinese experts laud Pampanga’s fast action vs bird flu

Chinese experts lauded the efforts of the provincial government in response to the avian influenza that struck the poultry industry in San Luis town in the Philippines last August
6th Sep 2017 - Sun Star


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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

To date, a total of 1,554 laboratory-confirmed human infections with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus have been reported through IHR notification since early 2013 in China
19th Jul 2017 - World Health Organization

Capital hosts forum on avian influenza outbreak

Poultry stakeholders from the Province of Pampanga met on Monday in Capital to discuss the recent bird flu outbreak in San Luis town and how measures could be undertaken to prevent such from happening again
6th Sep 2017 - Sun Star

Avian influenza ‘remains a threat’, warns government

With the summer months winding down, poultry-keepers are being warned to take action now to prevent the risk of avian influenza; chief veterinarians in the UK, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have issued tips on preventing the threat of disease
5th Sep 2017 - Meat Info.co.uk

Poultry keepers must act to counter Avian Flu threat


5th Sep 2017 - Smallholder.co.uk

Chinese experts laud Pampanga’s fast action vs bird flu

Chinese experts lauded the efforts of the provincial government in response to the avian influenza that struck the poultry industry in San Luis town in the Philippines last August
6th Sep 2017 - Sun Star


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Bird flu crisis over, agri chief says

The bird flu crisis in Central Luzon is over, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said. He has lifted the quarantine restriction in the 7-kilometer controlled area radius around the affected farming towns following the recommendations of biosecurity experts
4th Sep 2017 - abs-cbn.com

COA confirms chickens to have H5N8 avian flu

Chickens at two slaughterhouses in Taipei and New Taipei City were confirmed to be infected with the H5N8 avian influenza virus, the Council of Agriculture said
5th Sep 2017 - Taipei Times


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China reports H7N9 avian flu death in Jiangsu

In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection received notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission of an additional human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Jiangsu; the 58 year-old man died
2nd Sep 2017 - Outbreak News Today

CHP notified of human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Jiangsu


1st Sep 2017 - Hong Kong Government

New Taipei on high alert for H5 avian flu outbreaks

New Taipei is on high alert after a slaughterhouse in the city reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 infections in chickens on three of its nine slaughter lines
3rd Sep 2017 - Focus Taiwan

Bird-flu-infected chickens found in New Taipei City


4th Sep 2017 - Taipei Times

Farm minister says Philippines' bird flu crisis is over

The Philippines has declared its avian flu crisis, which prompted the culling of over 600,000 birds, to be officially over as it eased restrictions on the shipment of poultry products from towns where outbreaks were detected
2nd Sep 2017 - Reuters

No new suspected bird flu cases, says DOH


2nd Sep 2017 - Canadian Inquirer

DOH chief: No human infection of bird flu in PHL so far

The Philippines is so far clear of any human infection of the avian influenza virus, the Department of Health said Sunday; the remarks come on the last day of the surveillance of humans who came in direct contact with fowls affected by the avian influenza
3rd Sep 2017 - GMA Network.com

Avian flu strikes poultry, wild birds in 3 nations

South Africa and Italy reported more highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu outbreaks in both poultry and other birds, and Taiwan confirmed two more H5N2 detections at poultry farms in two counties
1st Sep 2017 - Cidrap


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DOH: no human transmission of bird flu in PH

In the Philippines, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial reiterated the Department of Agriculture’s declaration that the country remains free from cases of avian flu transmission to humans
31st Aug 2017 - Davao Today

London Summit to Tackle Avian Disease

Around 100 experts are gathering at the third annual conference hosted by the UK-China Centre of Excellence for Research on Avian Diseases. Delegates will discuss solutions for major avian viruses, and best management practices to avoid these viruses' spread
31st Aug 2017 - The Poultry Site

Agriculture Dept urges caution on vaccination against avian flu

The South African Agriculture Department says farmers have to be cautious about vaccinating against avian flu because past experience has shown there are repercussions for the poultry industry
31st Aug 2017 - Eyewitness News

SA considering vaccination to top gthe spread of bird flu


31st Aug 2017 - Chronicle Zimbabwe

South Africa struggles to bring avian influenza outbreak under control

Avian influenza is continuing to spread across South Africa where 300,000 birds have been culled in the past 2 months. Because of the mortality rate it is believed the causal agent is the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain but DAFF tests were yet to confirm that was the case
31st Aug 2017 - Poultry World

In the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, three dead swans have been found

In the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, three dead swans have been found, infected with the avian influenza virus H5N8. Vigilance has been recommended in the rest of the country
30th Aug 2017 - Agriholland.nl

Hoogpathogene vogelgriep treft zwanen Sachsen-Anhalt


30th Aug 2017 - Nieuwe Oogst


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H7N9 avian influenza in China: Should we be worried?

In early 2013, the first reported human cases of H7N9 avian influenza were reported in China; since then, more than 1500 cases have been reported and about 40% of those infected died. A study shows the virus being three mutations away from changing into a form that’s easily transmitted between humans
29th Aug 2017 - Outbreak News Today

Some 60‚000 birds culled as avian flu lands in KZN

About 60‚000 birds have been culled at a poultry farm in Vryheid after an outbreak of avian influenza in northern KwaZulu-Natal
30th Aug 2017 - Times Live

KZN birds culled after avian flu virus detected


30th Aug 2017 - iol.co.za

No avian flu cases in humans in SA

There have been no confirmed cases of avian influenza in humans in South Africa‚ the National Institutes of Communicable Diseases said; the NICD has been monitoring people who had been exposed to the virus on affected farms, but none have tested positive for the disease
30th Aug 2017 - therep.co.za

DOH monitoring 600 chicken cullers for Avian flu

In the Philippines, the Department of Health is monitoring around 600 chicken cullers, most of them Armed Forces of the Philippines soldiers, to quarantine them and prevent the possible spread of the Avian Flu virus
29th Aug 2017 - Manila Bulletin

'Bird flu vaccine would have to be based on sound scientific research'

In South Africa, 24 outbreaks of Avian Flu have been detected since a recent outbreak of the disease in June. Desperate for a solution, the poultry industry wants government to roll out a vaccine for the highly pathogenic H5 N8 strain
30th Aug 2017 - Eyewitness News

Avian Influenza is back: dead swans found in Mansfeld SudHarz

In Saxony-Anhalt the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N8 has been detected in three dead swans near Seeburg in the district of Mansfeld-Südharz
30th Aug 2017 - Top Agrar


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Bird flu reaches 24 outbreaks in SA

Despite efforts by the government and the commercial poultry and ostrich industries to control the disease, there were now 24 confirmed outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) since late June 2017 in South Africa
29th Aug 2017 - Farmers Weekly

Plenty to chew over on bird flu

As President Duterte decided to show that chicken is safe to eat in the bird flu-infected Philippine province of Pampanga, it emerged that the highly pathogenic H5N6 virus blamed for the country's first avian flu outbreak is more fatal than H5N1
29th Aug 2017 - The Standard

Should you be afraid of 'bird flu'? Expert explains avian influenza

The Philippines recently recorded its first bird flu outbreak, raising alarms on the possibility of transmitting the virus from fowls to humans. Although some strains of the avian influenza are transmittable to humans, Dr. Gundo Weiler of the WHO explains that the risk is low
29th Aug 2017 - abs-cbn.com

Germany reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu in swans

Germany reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in the central state of Saxony-Anhalt, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said. The virus was found in three swans
29th Aug 2017 - Reuters

South Africa's RCL Foods finds bird flu at poultry farm

South Africa’s RCL Foods has found the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at one of its poultry farms; RCL financial director Rob Field said the pathogen was contained and it would continue to work with government and industry to stamp out the disease which poses little risk to human health
29th Aug 2017 - Reuters


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Agriculture department confirms eight new outbreaks of bird flu

South Africa has reported eight further cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza to the World Organisation for Animal Health
28th Aug 2017 - Engineering News

Anti-bird flu task force rues lack of manpower at checkpoints

In a bid to come up with possible solutions against the avian influenza outbreak in the Philippines’ Pampanga province, the Cordillera Regional Avian Influenza Task Force and stakeholders met to address the lack of manpower among quarantine checkpoints
29th Aug 2017 - Sun Star

Duterte commends DA for fast action against bird flu

President Duterte commended the Department of Agriculture officials for their "quick" and "decisive" action in containing the bird flu outbreak in the Philippines
29th Aug 2017 - Sun Star

Duterte vows more assistance for Pampanga poultry sector

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte promised on Monday to look into more possible funding for farmers whose stocks were subjected to the culling and quarantine operations recently
29th Aug 2017 - Sun Star

Duterte: Pampanga's poultry products safe to eat


28th Aug 2017 - CNN Philippines


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Govt. animal quarantine agency acquires know-how to make bird flu vaccine

South Korea's animal quarantine agency said it has acquired know-how to make its own bird flu vaccines. The agency said it has developed candidate vaccine materials for its "antigen bank" that targets the H5N6 and H5N1 strains of avian influenza, and that tests have been carried out on chickens, with results showing the materials met standards set by the OIE
27th Aug 2017 - Korea Herald

Dept of Health ramps up bird flu preps, even as no human cases recorded

There are no confirmed cases so far of humans infected with bird flu in the Philippines, health officials have announced. Despite this, the Department of Health is ramping up preparations to prevent the bird flu's spread among humans, especially as new studies show the virus is becoming deadlier
26th Aug 2017 - CNN Philippines

Avian flu spreads at Astral site

The outbreak of avian influenza at two of its breeding farms has so far cost it R50m, Astral says. The group said that despite its best efforts, the infection at its second breeding site had spread beyond an isolated shed
25th Aug 2017 - Business Live

Bird flu spreads to other sheds


25th Aug 2017 - iol.co.za

CHP notified of human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Xinjiang

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health is monitoring a notification from the National Health and Family Planning Commission that two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) were recorded from August 18 to 24 in Xinjiang
25th Aug 2017 - Hong Kong Government

34 Philippine poultry workers cleared of H5N6 bird flu

The Philippine Department of Health said that 34 poultry workers who showed signs of flu-like symptoms tested negative for bird flu. As of Aug. 24, the health department said "there has been no confirmed human case due to influenza A (H5N6)"
25th Aug 2017 - Xinhuanet.com

No human cases of avian flu yet – DoH


25th Aug 2017 - Manila Times

Philippines: Dozens of Patients Test Negative for Bird Flu


25th Aug 2017 - Benar News

DOH clears 34 Pampanga, Ecija workers of avian flu


25th Aug 2017 - Philippines Inquirer

DOH allays avian flu concerns, assures readiness to address related cases


25th Aug 2017 - untvweb.com


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DA confirms virus strain in Pampanga bird flu outbreak

The Avian Flu virus that killed hundreds of birds in six farms in San Luis Pampanga in the Philippines has been identified as Influenza A H5N6, a virus that is transmittable to humans but far less deadly than H5N1
25th Aug 2017 - Sun Star.com

Bird flu can infect humans, but risk ‘very low’


25th Aug 2017 - PhilStar.com

Agriculture Department: PH bird flu strain transmissible to humans


25th Aug 2017 - CNN Philippines

Pampanga bird flu strain may jump to humans


25th Aug 2017 - Manila Times

DA expert: Bird flu strain in Pampanga is transmissible to humans


24th Aug 2017 - Philippines Inquirier

Is The Possibility Of A Hybrid Flu Pandemic A Reality? Here’s What You Need To Know

As we face another strain of an avian Influenza Virus (H7N9) that afflicted China not too long ago, scientists are taking matters into their own hands by testing for new viruses that can cause havoc to prepare for the worst
24th Aug 2017 - India Times


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Health Officials Worry A Deadly Avian Flu In China Could Be Next Pandemic

In May, the CDC ranked the influenza strain H7N9 the highest possible threat for viruses at risk of causing a worldwide pandemic; health officials are worried about the virus changing into a form that’s easily transmitted between humans. A new paper published this summer forecast the virus being three mutations away from such a reality
23rd Aug 2017 - Huffington Post

Australian lab confirms bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines said that an Australian laboratory confirmed that the Avian Influenza A(H5) virus killed thousands of birds in six poultry farms in San Luis town
24th Aug 2017 - Sun Star

Sales plummet in once bird flu-free country

Consumer fear of the bird flu outbreak, the first in the Philippines, has sent poultry sales down. The WHO said that “there is no evidence that avian influenza viruses can infect humans through properly cooked food”
24th Aug 2017 - Malaya.com


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Australian lab result confirms bird flu in Pampanga – agriculture dept

Australia has confirmed the presence of the bird flu virus in Pampanga, Philippines, where the outbreak was first reported. The results from the World Organization for Animal Health revealed that the strain was avian influenza type A subtype H5
22nd Aug 2017 - Manila Times

Agri dept allows poultry shipments out of Luzon

In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture has allowed the shipment of poultry from Luzon to other parts of the country, provided these are validated by quarantine officers. Tests have confirmed the strain of avian flu present in Pampanga was type A subtype H5
23rd Aug 2017 - Manila Times


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OIE officials to meet Piñol, industry stakeholders on avian flu outbreak

OIE and FAO officials flew to the Philippines to meet with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and industry stakeholders about the avian flu outbreak; rumour is that some of the officials are unhappy about the government’s late submission of samples of the infected birds to Australian Animal Health Laboratory
21st Aug 2017 - Manila Bulletin

Philippines deploys troops to a second province to fight bird flu

The Philippines has deployed more troops to cull thousands of chickens a day after the farm ministry confirmed the spread of the virus to a second province north of Manila
21st Aug 2017 - Kuwait Times

Bird flu-hit Ecija towns under state of calamity

In the Philippines, Nueva Ecija Gov. Cherry Umali has declared a state of calamity after poultry farms in the towns of Jaen and San Isidro tested positive for the avian flu virus
22nd Aug 2017 - Philippines Star

Departure of Agriculture dismisses reports of bird flu in Caraga

In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture in the Caraga Region has dismissed rumours that the Avian influenza has reached the region
22nd Aug 2017 - Sun Star

‘Limit ban on PHL poultry to areas hit by bird flu’

The government is appealing to Japan and South Korea to reconsider the total ban it has imposed on Philippine poultry products, after Manila confirmed to the World Organisation for Animal Health the outbreak of bird flu in Pampanga
21st Aug 2017 - Business Mirror

Zokwana meets poultry industry over H5N8 bird flu

In South Africa, the Minister of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries is expected to meet with CEOs in the poultry industry to discuss mitigation strategies to the H5N8 bird flu outbreak
21st Aug 2017 - Times Live


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Uganda declares end of bird flu outbreak

Uganda on Saturday declared the end of the bird flu outbreak, which has led to the death of thousands of birds and affected the country's poultry export
19th Aug 2017 - xinhua.net

Staying on track against the bird flu virus

Editorial on the way the Philippines government is handling the current bird flu crisis, and how it must take swift action and communicate in a measured manner about the situation
20th Aug 2017 - Manila Times

Philippines deploys troops to a second province to fight bird flu

The Philippines has deployed more troops to cull thousands of chickens one day after the farm ministry confirmed the spread of bird flu into a second province north of the capital, Manila
20th Aug 2017 - Reuters

Bird flu virus slips into another Philippine province

In the Philippines, seven days after the government declared an avian flu outbreak in Pampanga, the authorities announced a similar outbreak in at least two towns in neighboring Nueva Ecija
19th Aug 2017 - The Star.com

Can 13-year-old manual save PHL from bird flu?

The Avian Influenza Protection Program (AIPP) Manual of Procedures was written in 2004 in the Philippines to protect the country’s borders from the virus that killed millions of birds in Southeast Asia back then, and is now being used to fight the current outbreak
21st Aug 2017 - Business Mirror

Bekasi bird shop owner suspected of avian flu infection

The inhabitant of a house that also serves as a bird shop in Bekasi, Indonesia, has been admitted to hospital following indications of avian influenza; early findings show that she might have contracted the H5N1 virus
20th Aug 2017 - Jakarta Post

China confirms bird flu outbreak at quail farms in southwestern Guizhou province

China confirmed a bird flu outbreak at quail farms in the country's southwestern province of Guizhou; the outbreak was confirmed as the H5N6 strain of virus
18th Aug 2017 - Reuters

China confirms bird flu outbreak at quail farms in Guizhou province


18th Aug 2017 - Nasdaq.com

China confirms bird flu outbreak at quail farms in Guizhou province


18th Aug 2017 - Channel News Asia

Palace closely monitoring situation on Avian flu

“We are closely monitoring the situation in Nueva Ecija following the confirmation of poultry deaths in the province yesterday by the Department of Agriculture (DA). We ask our people to remain calm yet vigilant and to refrain from spreading unverified information that may cause undue alarm and panic,” said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in the Philippines
20th Aug 2017 - Northbound Asia.com

Don’t fan bird flu scare, Palace asks public


20th Aug 2017 - Manila Times

Amid bird flu outbreak, public urged to avoid spreading ‘unverified’ reports


19th Aug 2017 - Sun Star

Highly pathogenic A(H5N8) avian flu discovered in wild birds in Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Veterinary Office confirmed that two wild swans had been found dead and were infected by the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu virus
19th Aug 2017 - Mes Vaccins.net

Les deux cygnes morts font craindre une nouvelle épidémie


17th Aug 2017 - Tribune de Geneve


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Philippines' first avian flu outbreak and its effects on poultry farming

Some 37,000 birds have died from avian influenza subtype H5 in what has been declared as the first bird flu outbreak in the Philippines, but it is not yet clear which H5 subtype infected the birds
16th Aug 2017 - Sun Star.com

Suspected bird flu cases reported in 2 Nueva Ecija towns

The Bureau of Animal Industry in the Philippines is verifying reports of a new avian flu outbreak – this time in Jaen and San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
18th Aug 2017 - The Philippine Star


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2 people with flu-like symptoms test negative for bird flu

In the Philippines, two persons with flu-like symptoms who may have been exposed to chickens hit by the avian flu have tested negative for the virus, an official said
16th Aug 2017 - abs-cbn.com

Two suspect cases test negative for avian flu


16th Aug 2017 - Manila Times

Two farm workers test negative for bird flu


17th Aug 2017 - CNN Philippines

Philippine troops deployed to battle bird flu outbreak

The Philippines will deploy hundreds of troops to hasten a cull of about 600,000 fowl, the farm minister said yesterday, as part of efforts to rein in the nation's first outbreak of bird flu
17th Aug 2017 - Straits Times

Philippines to Send Troops to Halt Bird Flu’s Spread


16th Aug 2017 - New Delhi Times

Philippine troops to help cull fowl in bird flu battle


16th Aug 2017 - Bangkok Post


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Bird flu in SA: 16 outbreaks since June

Sixteen outbreaks of avian flu have occurred in South Africa since June‚ in Mpumalanga and Gauteng; the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)‚ type H5N8‚ in two ostrich farms
15th Aug 2017 - Times Live

South Africa: Western Cape Agriculture Confirms Presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Two Ostrich Farms in Heidelberg Area


15th Aug 2017 - allafrica.com

Two swans found with bird flu H5N8 in Switzerland

Two new cases of bird flu H5N8 have been reported in western Switzerland, the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office said on Tuesday
15th Aug 2017 - Reuters

2 poultry workers being monitored

Two poultry workers in Pampanga in the Philippines are being monitored for showing symptoms of avian flu, a health official said; the DOH expects the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine to release imminently the results of the laboratory tests on the swab and blood samples collected from the workers
16th Aug 2017 - Philstar.com

Amid bird flu outbreak, 2 farm workers isolated after showing symptoms


15th Aug 2017 - GMA News Online

Two suspected cases of avian flu monitored, says health official


15th Aug 2017 - Manila Times

DOH isolates 2 persons with flu-like symptoms amid bird flu outbreak


15th Aug 2017 - abs-cbn.com

SoCot to reactivate avian influenza task force

The provincial government of South Cotabato in the Philippines is working on the reactivation of its special task force against avian influenza to coordinate efforts in preventing the entry of the disease in any part of the province
15th Aug 2017 - Northbound Asia.com

Agriculture department exec dispels avian flu ‘scare’

Philippines Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Tuesday informed the public that the avian influenza in the province is “not harmful to humans”
15th Aug 2017 - Philippines Sun Star


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Western Cape Department of Agriculture on possible incidence of bird flu in Western Cape

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is investigating possible incidences of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI), type H5N8, on two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area
14th Aug 2017 - BizCommunity.com

Two farms under quarantine over ostriches' avian flu


14th Aug 2017 - IOL.co.za

Flu vaccine for poultry industry workers

In the Philippines, the Health Department is providing free flu vaccine to poultry owners, workers and their relatives to avoid infection in response to the recent outbreak of the Avian Influenza Type A Subtype H5
14th Aug 2017 - abs-cbn.com

Government moves to prevent bird flu jump to humans

Three days after confirming an avian flu outbreak in the Philippines, government agencies are scrambling to keep the virus from spreading and especially from jumping to humans, starting with a nationwide inspection of poultry farms
15th Aug 2017 - PhilStar.com

Natco to unveil 8-10 branded formulations

Natco plans to extend the Tamiflu franchise with the launch of the suspension version
14th Aug 2017 - The Hindu

Natco Pharma rated ‘Buy’ Q1 shows better than expected


14th Aug 2017 - Financial Express


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Avian influenza (H5N1) story

Various strains of avian flu have been active in the past few years, with 859 reported cases of human H5N1 virus infection from 16 countries from 2003 to 2017, H7N9 infecting people in China, H5N8 circulating among birds in many parts of Europe as well as in Kuwait, Egypt and elsewhere, and H5N1 in Bangladesh and India
12th Aug 2017 - Inquirer.net

Philippines declares first ever H5 bird flu outbreak

The Philippines declared its first ever outbreak of the H5 strain of bird flu on Friday, but said there had been no cases of humans infected; hospitals have been put on alert however
11th Aug 2017 - Phys.org

PH reports first avian flu outbreak, to cull 400,000 birds


12th Aug 2017 - Newsbits.mb.ph

Govt declares bird flu outbreak


12th Aug 2017 - Manila Times

Bird flu strikes Pampanga town


12th Aug 2017 - Inquirer.net

Bird flu outbreak: DOH alerts hospitals in Pampanga


12th Aug 2017 - Sun Star

Pampanga under state of calamity due to bird flu outbreak


12th Aug 2017 - CNN Philippines

Philippines reports first H5 outbreak


11th Aug 2017 - CIDRAP

Palace calls for calm, vigilance amid bird flu


13th Aug 2017 - The Philippine Star

Nothing less than our utmost in fighting bird flu


13th Aug 2017 - Manila Times

DOH warns public vs bird flu


12th Aug 2017 - Cebu Daily News

DA: Pampanga bird flu strain may not be transmissible to humans

The bird flu strain that infected hundreds of thousands of fowls in Pampanga, Philippines may not be the strain that transmits to humans, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on Saturday; the strain may be A-H5N6, a subtype that supposedly does not infect humans
12th Aug 2017 - Inquirer.net

EDITORIAL: A dire warning

A pandemic occurs, on average, three to four times a century. It’s one of the reasons why public health officials are increasingly adamant each year in urging Canadians to get a flu vaccine shot
11th Aug 2017 - The Guardian Prince Edward Island

DA chief: Bird flu strain in Pampanga cannot be transmitted to humans

The Philippines Agriculture chief said the bird flu strain that has affected poultry in a town in Pampanga cannot be transmitted to humans; it has tested negative for H5N6. He said even Agriculture officials working with quarantine officers exposed to the contaminated chickens were not affected
13th Aug 2017 - The Philippine Star

Pangilinan warns vs fowl profiteers amid bird flu outbreak

Senator Francis Pangilinan warned against profiteering in the wake of an outbreak of bird flu in Pampanga, in the Philippines, as he also pushed for a massive information drive on the H5 avian flu virus
12th Aug 2017 - Rappler.com


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H9N2 avian influenza case reported in Chinese baby

A 2-month old girl who lives in Guangdong Province, China was confirmed positive for A(H9N2) influenza in June, according to the World Health Organization, becoming the third case in China this year
10th Aug 2017 - Outbreak News Today

Eritrea, Tanzania: Only African countries ready to face global pandemics

Only two African countries, Eritrea and Tanzania, are fully prepared to face a global pandemic according to a World Bank sponsored report; bird flu is giving economies especially in southern Africa region some tough time
10th Aug 2017 - Africa News.com


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Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China

Three more cases of human infection with A(H7N9) virus in China have been reported; the Chinese government has assessed that it is still likely that sporadic cases will occur in China taking into consideration the previous epidemic situation and risk assessment
7th Aug 2017 - World Health Organization

Only 6 nations have evaluated readiness for global pandemic

Only six countries around the world — three rich ones and three poor ones — have taken the steps they should have to evaluate their ability to withstand a global pandemic, according to a report sponsored by the World Bank
7th Aug 2017 - Post and Courier.com

Only Six Nations Have Evaluated Readiness for Global Pandemic


31st Jul 2017 - New York Times


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Swine flu paranoia: Mumbai doctors warn against self-medicating, say it is harmful

Mumbai doctors have warned against the irrational use of preventive medication, such as Tamiflu, against swine flu. They said the irrational use of medicines could lead to drug resistance
4th Aug 2017 - Hindustan Times

Flu rates three times higher than last year as dominant virus mutates

New Zealanders are catching the flu at three times the rate of last year; hospital emergency departments have seen a spike in admissions for influenza-like illnesses during July, with scientists hoping it is not related to a mutation in the Influenza A virus
4th Aug 2017 - Stuff.co.nz

Swine flu toll in Mumbai now 7, drugs in short supply

A month after Oseltamivir was taken off the Schedule X list of drugs to make it easily accessible, it is in short supply in Mumbai; the main reason for the delay is the Drug Controller General of India’s failure to provide fresh permissions to one of the two pharmaceutical companies, which had to stop production after the drug was removed from the Schedule X list, to start manufacturing the drug again
6th Aug 2017 - Hindustan Times


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Six more test positive for swine flu

Swine flu cases in the Vadodara region are steadily on the rise, and pharmacies are low on Tamiflu
3rd Aug 2017 - Express Newsline

Australia's winter flu outbreak spikes early in season

The winter spike in flu-like symptoms is occurring earlier than usual across Australia this year: the Flutracking Project has recorded increases in flu-like symptoms at a much earlier point than the five-year average
3rd Aug 2017 - The Guardian

Flutracking: citizen science charts flu cases across Australia


4th Aug 2017 - ABC.net.au

Peak flu season arrives and they’re triple the 2016 statistics

Flu cases across NSW, Australia, have tripled for the last two months. If that staggering figure continues, the new flu cases reported will be more than the entire flu cases for all of 2016
3rd Aug 2017 - Daily Telegraph Australia

INFECTED: Northern Rivers flu cases at an all-time high

In Australia, NSW Department of Health has reported the worst seven months on record for the Northern Rivers with 707 confirmed influenza cases - more than three times the same period last year
4th Aug 2017 - Northern Star.com.au


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Swine flu in monsoon alarms city doctors

The first pandemic of H1N1 appeared in 2009 in India; but what has alarmed doctors is that the virus that used to spread in winter has started infecting people during monsoon this year
3rd Aug 2017 - Times of India

H3N2 flu strain in Hong Kong—a cause for concern, say Singapore health experts

General practitioners in Singapore have reported that they have been treating more flu patients with some more serious cases of flu over the past week
2nd Aug 2017 - MIMS


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Myanmar faces two influenza attacks in rainy season

Myanmar is facing two influenza attacks, A/H1N1-2009 (swine flu) and H5N1 (bird flu), with the former claiming the lives of 10 people and the latter leaving 5,000 chickens culled
1st Aug 2017 - Xinhuanet.com

Alert: there has been an increase of 25% in the number of flu cases in Colombia this year

According to data from PAHO, Colombia has seen an increase of 25% in flu cases compared to the same period last year
31st Jul 2017 - Noticias rcn.com

UN: Urgent Action Needed to Contain Avian Flu in Southern Africa

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has called an emergency meeting in South Africa of all countries in the Southern Africa Development Community following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza
1st Aug 2017 - Voice of America

3 deaths due to swine flu take toll in capital to 7

New Delhi - Three patients have died due to swine flu at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in the past month; enough medicine is available to treat patients as well as isolation wards
2nd Aug 2017 - Times of India

Record rates of flu cases inundate NSW emergency departments and nursing homes

In Australia, NSW is in the midst of its worst flu season on record after more than 8000 influenza cases were confirmed in the past week alone
1st Aug 2017 - Sydney Morning Herald

Vaccination best way to deal with flu

Flu season has started in Australia and more than 10,000 Queenslanders have already been affected by the illness, prompting authorities to urge people to have vaccinations
2nd Aug 2017 - sbs.com.au

More than 10,000 struck down by flu in Queensland


1st Aug 2017 - Brisbane Times

Health authorities warn a ‘large number’ of flu cases likely in coming weeks


1st Aug 2017 - Courier Mail

Health security is as important to America’s future as border security

Additional research funding for the NIH and product development funding for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority could help develop more effective and universal flu vaccines as well as cutting edge research to better identify these new strains before they cause pandemics
1st Aug 2017 - Quartz.com


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Resurgence of swine flu in India

At least 600 people have died and over 12,500 people have been affected by swine flu in India as of 28th July, 2017. The rising cases have put the nation on red alert, with health officials struggling to contain the virus
31st Jul 2017 - BioSpectrum Asia

WHO: H1N1 outbreak not alarming

The World Health Organization said the H1N1 outbreak in Myanmar has not reached an alarming state as the government has taken proactive steps to contain the spread of the disease
31st Jul 2017 - Myanmar Times


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Health minister orders new H1N1 strain vaccines

The rising number of swine flu deaths has prompted the state health minister to order the procurement of the A/Michigan/ 45/2015 vaccine, for the new strain of the virus
29th Jul 2017 - Pune Mirror

H1N1 rises to six, peaks during monsoon period

Myanmar has sought the help of the WHO due to the worsening H1N1 influenza outbreak sweeping the country and which has killed six people
28th Jul 2017 - Myanmar Times

Swine flu: At PGI, precautions only for docs, not patients

In Chandigarh, the PGI has started vaccinating its doctors and staff to contain the spread of swine flu, but patients visiting outpatient departments continue to be at risk from the virus
30th Jul 2017 - Tribune India

Overcrowding in Hong Kong hospitals eases with 1,000 fewer patients daily in past week

Overcrowding at emergency wards in public hospitals in Hong Kong has eased in the past week, but a respiratory expert said it was still too early to reach a conclusion and urged the public to remain vigilant over a new dominant flu virus
29th Jul 2017 - South China Morning Post


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Romania to pass vaccination law to deal with immunization gaps

Romania needs to pass a vaccination law and overhaul medical services to prevent the spread of a measles outbreak that has already claimed 32 deaths, the most of any European country, the health ministry said
27th Jul 2017 - Reuters

Romania to pass vaccination law to deal with immunisation gaps


27th Jul 2017 - Straits Times

Rumänien kämpft gegen Masern-Ausbruch


27th Jul 2017 - Der Spiegel

OIE Reports H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak in Myanmar Poultry Farm

The Chief Veterinary Officer Director General at the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department in Myanmar has reported an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in the Tanintharyi region
27th Jul 2017 - The Poultry Site

Swine flu toll hits 338 this year

The number of swine flu deaths across Maharashtra has reached 338 this year, setting alarm bells ringing. Public Health Department Minister Dr Deepak Sawant has reviewed the action plan to combat the scourge
27th Jul 2017 - Indian Express

State sees 165 swine flu deaths in four months


27th Jul 2017 - Asian Age

Maha to form panel in each municipal area to probe H1N1 deaths


26th Jul 2017 - India.com

Report: More than 220,000 children in Romania are not vaccinated

A total of 224,202 children aged between 9 months and 9 years old are behind with their vaccines, according to a report by the Romanian Health Ministry concerning the national vaccination program
27th Jul 2017 - Romania-Insider.com


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Health Ministry of New Zealand using social media and unconventional data to track infectious disease outbreaks

The Health Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Jonathan Coleman revealed that a new project is seeking to establish if tracking trends on social media and unconventional data can help predict outbreaks and further improve our responses to epidemics
25th Jul 2017 - OpenGovAsia.com

Flu outbreak hits HK, 205 adults and 3 kids dead

Hong Kong public hospitals are struggling with a long flu outbreak that has killed more than 200 people since May
26th Jul 2017 - tnp.sg

Myanmar calls for calm after three die of swine flu

The recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza in Myanmar is no cause for alarm, authorities said in a statement released after three people lost their lives to the virus and a further 13 were confirmed to have contracted it
26th Jul 2017 - South East Asia Globe

3 cases of swine flu confirmed in Swaziland

In Swaziland, the ministry of health has confirmed three cases of Influenza A H1N1, also known as swine flu
26th Jul 2017 - Swaziland Observer


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H1N1 virus infects 13 in Myanmar, suspected of killing one

Myanmar called for calm on Monday after 13 people were confirmed to have contracted H1N1 influenza and a boy had died with flu-like symptoms, raising fears of a new outbreak of the virus
24th Jul 2017 - Reuters

H1N1 Virus Infects 13 in Myanmar As Boy Dies of Flu-Like Symptoms


25th Jul 2017 - The Wire.in

Health Ministry warns of bird flu

Cambodian Ministry of Health warned people to be aware of the new avian influenza strain H7N9, which has spread to poultry in China and neighbouring countries
25th Jul 2017 - Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Health Ministry Cautions Public About Latest ‘Bird Flu’ Strain


25th Jul 2017 - Radio Free Asia

Myanmar reports outbreak of H5N1 bird flu on poultry farm: OIE

Myanmar has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu on a farm in the southern Tanintharyi Region, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said
25th Jul 2017 - Reuters

H5N6 avian flu outbreak in Taiwan ends

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has officially confirmed that the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6 virus -- which can be transmitted from birds to humans -- in Taiwan has ended
26th Jul 2017 - Tapei Times

Advancing toward a universal flu vaccine: BiondVax reports positive phase 2

With financial backing from the Israeli government and the European Investment Bank, BiondVax is pushing forward in its quest for a universal flu vaccine; its candidate showed positive T-cell and antibody responses in a phase 2b trial
25th Jul 2017 - FiercePharma

H5N6 avian flu outbreak in Taiwan ends


25th Jul 2017 - Focus Taiwan


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