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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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Judge won’t drop activists’ avian flu suit against USDA

Groups sued federal agency after a Humane Society of the United States proposal to incentivize poultry producers to reduce flock density as a means to prevent avian flu is denied

A federal judge refused to drop a lawsuit filed on behalf of three animal rights groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its administrators related to allegations that the agency neglected to properly act to prevent the spread avian influenza.

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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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