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EFSA: High risk of avian flu spreading in Europe

Four European countries have reported their first cases this season, and an eighth outbreak has been confirmed in Japanese poultry
Close cooperation will be needed to halt the further spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Europe, according to the region’s animal health agency. Four European countries have reported their first cases this season, and an eighth outbreak has been confirmed in a Japanese poultry flock.
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Use of lasers could be a way to keep avian flu away

Study looks at how using lasers on free-range layer farms deters wild birds that might have the virus from visiting and contaminating the free-range area
The use of lasers could be an effective way to prevent avian influenza from being introduced into free-range poultry flocks, according to a study.
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Second poultry flock, wild birds test positive for avian flu in Israel

Highly pathogenic avian influenza found in flock of 18,800 turkeys
Following a first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a chicken flock in northern Israel earlier this month, cases have now been detected in a second flock in another region, as well as cases among captive water birds.
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Avian flu confirmed at Israeli poultry farm

Country has first confirmed case in about a year and a half
Following a prolonged absence, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed at a kibbutz in Israel. There have also been further outbreaks in Russia, while South Africa has reported detecting two different types of the mild form of the disease on ostrich farms.
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Europe warned to be on high alert for avian flu

Warning follows recent surge in cases in Russia and Kazakhstan
A new report urges European countries to prepare for likely outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry and other birds in the coming months. The advice follows a recent spike in outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Russia and Kazakhstan. There have also been new cases in Vietnamese poultry, while the mild form of the disease has been detected among more South African commercial ostriches, and in captive birds at a German zoo.
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APHIS updates National Poultry Improvement Plan

Changes are consistent with recommendations approved at 2018 NPIP Biennial Conference
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) to align with changes in the poultry industry and to incorporate new scientific information and technologies into the NPIP.
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