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Avian Influenza

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Italy’s turkey sector hit hard by avian flu

In the past month, more than 60 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been detected in Italian poultry flocks. An overwhelming majority of these were in commercial meat turkeys in the Veneto region.

Over the past month, Italy has officially registered 62 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks in poultry. At each location, the presence of the H5N1 HPAI virus serotype has been confirmed.

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First avian flu cases of winter in Denmark, Germany

More than twice as many outbreaks have been detected in wild birds across Europe so far this year than in all of 2020.

With eight states in Europe reporting cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry since mid-October, early signs are that the winter of 2021-2022 will be another challenging one for the region’s poultry sector.

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8 steps to effectively compost poultry

University of Maryland’s Dr. Gary Felton offers his cookbook for proper composting

Composting has proven to be a convenient, affordable, socially acceptable and environmentally acceptable way to dispose of poultry carcasses, but in order to be effective and biosecure, there is a certain “cookbook” that poultry producers should follow.

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Concerns raised over spike in human avian flu cases in Asia

China’s recent spike in new case of avian influenza A in humans has prompted investigation into possible causes. In poultry, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has returned to Laos, while the disease situation has been resolved in Iran.

China’s Centre for Disease Control has called the emergence of a new variant of influenza virus of avian origin “a serious threat” to human health. 

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Further avian flu cases in Southern Africa, West Africa

As new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been officially registered in South Africa, local media in Botswana report the spread of the disease to a new district.

Over the past two weeks, South Africa’s veterinary agency has officially registered two further outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial birds.

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