News and analysis for the global poultry industry.


Europe endures third avian flu wave of winter

Since the start of winter 2020-2021, outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been widespread in Europe, particularly in northern and western countries.

In its latest overview of the HPAI situation in Europe (as of April 12), European Reference Lab for avian influenza, IZSVe highlights that the number of outbreaks since October of last year has produced three distinct waves in terms of outbreaks numbers.

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Spike in avian flu cases among poultry in western Asia

In Iran and Kuwait, there has been a sudden surge in reports of new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry flocks. Also registering new cases are Japan, Nepal and Taiwan.

Since highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) returned to Iran in December 2020, the number of confirmed outbreaks has reached 54.

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Avian flu-related losses mount in Nigeria

In Nigeria, losses of poultry linked to highly pathogenic avian influenza now stand at around 750,000 birds since the first cases in January of this year.

In order to control the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), 329,556 chickens have been culled by Nigerian authorities at 62 premises.

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Poland reveals new spike in avian flu cases

France, Germany and Sweden are also seeing additional cases
Over the past week, 17 new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed in commercial Polish poultry flocks, with the majority around one disease “hot-spot.”
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Avian flu spreads further in West Africa

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) continues to cause losses among poultry flocks in Niger and Nigeria. Combined with other recent challenges, the disease is leading to shortages of poultry on the Niger market. In South Africa, the HPAI situation appears to be easing.
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No end to avian flu in sight for north, central European poultry

New cases reported in Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and Sweden
Among the countries reporting new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry are the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. With ever more wild birds testing positive for the virus, most European states remain in high alert. However, there are signs of the disease situation easing in southwestern France.
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CP Group registers achievements in Taiwan, Thailand

New poultry farms approved for Thailand
In Thailand, Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) has been recognized as the first in the country for cage-free egg production. Meanwhile, the government in Taiwan has supported its subsidiary’s application to build five poultry units in the east of the territory.
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Avian flu returns to Niger

Country has its first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in more than 3 years
In West Africa, Niger has reported the country’s first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) for more than three years. Meanwhile, tests have revealed further cases in poultry in Nigeria and Algeria.
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