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New light shed on avian flu situation in Hungary

H5N2 and H5N8 avian influenza strains are both present
Two highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus variants are circulating in Hungary, and one of these is a new reassortment. New outbreaks of the disease have been confirmed in poultry in Germany and Poland, as well as Taiwan and Vietnam.
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We are already used to coronaviruses in poultry

Despite the similarities in coronaviruses, poultry is not at risk of COVID-19 infection
This pandemic is the first time many people have heard of the coronavirus. However, "in animal health, the coronavirus family is an old acquaintance," said Drs. Ursula Höfle and Christian Gortázar from the University of Castilla- La Mancha, in Spain.
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Global poultry outlook positive despite COVID-19, ASF challenges

Growth could be seen if supply chain issues are managed correctly, Rabobank says.
Challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing African swine fever (ASF) in the pork industry will affect the global poultry industry in 2020, however potential growth could be seen if rising supply chain challenges can be managed, says Rabobank in the latest Poultry Quarterly.
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How COVID-19 has hurt China’s poultry industry

While the rest of the world battens down, the least affected areas of China are now functioning more normally, but it will take time for the poultry industry to recover.

The novel coronavirus, while not infecting chickens, has significantly harmed China’s broiler and egg industries.

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Leaky vaccines help prevent transmission of Marek’s disease

New study shows that treatments help keep whole chicken flock healthy.
Imperfect vaccines – ones that manage disease symptoms but fail to prevent infection and spread – can protect chickens against the painful symptoms of Marek’s disease, finds a new study from the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory (ADOL).
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Avian flu reported in Taiwanese, central European poultry

Five outbreaks reported in Taiwan during past week
While Taiwan and Bulgaria are the only countries to have officially recorded new outbreaks of avian flu in poultry over the past week, outbreaks of the disease have been reported in India, Ireland, and Poland. Two children have been confirmed with flu infections of avian origin.
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Three avian flu virus types in Taiwan's poultry

New outbreak also reported in Bulgaria
Taiwan and Bulgaria are the only countries to have officially recorded new outbreaks of avian flu in poultry over the past week. Local media and other sources are also reporting further cases in Poland and Vietnam. The disease situation in Hungary and Ukraine appears to have been resolved.
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