Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus has been detected in poultry in South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan and Italy over the last week, and there has been one confirmed new case in a human patient in China.
While the animal health authorities in the Philippines believe that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry has been brought under control, there have been high-level discussions with the poultry industry in South Africa on how to tackle the worsening disease situation there.
With feed supplies and costs easing, the prospects for South African poultry producers should be looking brighter, but the sector is now facing the challenges of highly pathogenic avian influenza as well as cheap imports.
Despite a substantial increase in revenue for the financial year ending March 31, 2017, agro-food group, Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN), recorded a drop of almost 40 percent in profit from the previous year.
In order to prevent a recurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in France, additional biosecurity measures will be introduced in the coming weeks and, in China, the growing number of human cases of H7N9 influenza has prompted the government to announce a nationwide campaign of poultry vaccination.