From WATTAgNet:

While the poultry industry in the United States was in a state of recovery during 2016 after the previous year’s avian influenza outbreak, many other countries across the globe dealt with new outbreaks of the virus.

Here are the ten most-read stories related to avian influenza published on during 2016:

1. 9 avian flu control measures to implement in your area

The avian influenza outbreak in 2016 was particularly hard on the turkey industry in Minnesota.

2. Hungary hit hard as avian flu continues to spread

Over the last week, countries whose veterinary authorities have reported new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) include Hungary, France, Germany and Russia. 

3. US on high alert for avian flu during December migrations

Winter is coming to North America and so are the migratory birds that might be carrying highly pathogenic avian influenza.

4. Avian influenza spreads across northern, eastern Europe

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in poultry flocks across a broad swath of Europe. Up until three weeks ago, the H5N8 variant of the virus was found mainly in wild birds, generally members of the duck and gull families, on wetlands and near large bodies of water.

5. New avian flu outbreaks in Mexico, older cases resolved

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has reappeared in Mexico.


6. 12 poultry farm biosecurity principles you should know

After witnessing the disruption caused by 2015’s avian influenza outbreak, every farmer should ask if their biosecurity plan is strong enough.

7. APHIS: More avian flu emergency responders needed

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service needs more trained emergency responders to handle a potential new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, the agency’s administrator told a congressional subcommittee.

8. Infographic: Nations that have vaccinated for avian flu

While the United States has not approved a program where it would vaccinate poultry flocks against avian influenza, there are 14 countries that did implement avian flu vaccination programs during the period between 2002 and 2010.

9. Avian flu losses mount in Europe, Asia poultry

Over the last week, nine countries in Europe have reported new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and new outbreaks of the disease have also been confirmed in South Korea, Japan, Iran and Nigeria.


10. Top US turkey producers rebuild flocks, invest after AI

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) interrupted the U.S. turkey industry’s expansion in live production in 2015, according to WATT PoultryUSA’s poultry company rankings, but investment in further processing capacity proceeded even while turkey producers continued to rebuild production.