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Lesotho is ninth African state to report avian flu in poultry

Registering its first ever cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), Lesotho has become the ninth African country to report cases of the disease in poultry so far this year. From Mali and South Africa come reports of additional outbreaks in poultry, affecting more regions.
So far this year, Lesotho has become the ninth African state to report highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry. For the country surrounded by South Africa, it also represents the first occurrence of HPAI.
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Poland’s avian flu outbreaks in poultry pass 200

So far this year, Poland has registered 202 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry, and there is no sign yet of the situation coming under control.

In Poland, the number of new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) shows no sign of easing. 

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USAID consortium to improve animal, human health formed

Five-year animal agriculture program will increase capacity of farmers, governments and other stakeholders to prevent and quickly respond to growing human health security risks

The  United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has tapped a consortium led by Cargill and including Ausvet, Heifer International, and the International Poultry Council (IPC) to improve livestock management and combat the threat of zoonotic diseases to both human and animal health. 

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6 reasons for starve-outs and yolk infections in chicks

Veterinarian shares views on ways production methods lead to starve-outs and yolk infections during the first week of a chick's life
Starve-outs and yolk infections of chicks during the first week continue to be of moderate importance, indicating there is still work to be done in breeder hatch egg sanitation, hatchery and brooding management.
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Feather pecking in hens leads to cascade of consequences

Birds tend to eat more to compensate for lost feathers, forcing farm operators to make important decisions
Exploratory pecking and foraging may be natural behaviors in chickens, by when those natural behaviors are redirected toward flock-mates -- specifically by way of feather pecking -- there can be a “cascade of consequences” for egg producers.
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