As fall arrives in the United States, concerns about the possible return of avian influenza remains high. Here are 8 recent news stories and blogs concerning the virus, both in the United States and internationally:
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on October 13 awarded contracts to Harrisvaccines and Ceva to manufacutre doses of avian influenza vaccine.
The epidemiologic surveys conducted by APHIS, coupled with the genetic analysis of the viral isolates collected at the affected farms, have yielded information about how the avian flu was likely introduced onto individual U.S. farms last spring.
Enhancing biosecurity is the talk of the U.S poultry industry this fall with everyone trying to make sure that their farms have perimeter buffer areas around their poultry houses and lines of separation between the outside of the poultry house and where the birds actually live. Everything is focused on reducing the chance for the avian flu virus of getting onto a poultry farm and from getting inside the poultry house.
After unexpectedly suffering outbreaks of avian influenza at Jennie-O Turkey facilities, Tom Smith, vice president of quality management, offers advice to poultry processing operations on being prepared.
When conducting a test, whether in the laboratory or in the marketplace, you can learn the most if you can control all factors which can impact the outcome you are trying to measure and varying only one factor at a time. As reported last year, the American Egg Board's packaging task force conducted retail tests in 2015 on egg cartons that are more informative and have better graphics to see if they can increase egg sales and bring higher prices.
Dr. Mark Davidson, USDA, reinforces that the US is prepared for potential avian influenza outbreaks this fall and that the country is ready to vaccinate if necessary.
Highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza has been detected in Laos for the first time since March 2014.
A free guide to avian influenza had been published by the UK’s National Farmers Union (NFU) and the British Free Range Egg Producers’ Association (BFREPA).