Bird Flu Kills Tigers in China Zoo

The FAO Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES) reports in disease event ID 200313 the death of two tigers in a Guangxzi zoo (in China) after they were affected by bird flu (highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1).  The report stated eight tigers were at risk of the infection, of which two died. Virus isolation was done via reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RTPCR) to confirm the diagnosis.  … Continue reading Bird Flu Kills Tigers in China Zoo

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HPAI H5N1 Comes to Poultry in Telengana, India

According to a report in the Times of India, the highly pathogenic avian influenza strain H5N1 has struck the poultry in the Ranga Reddy district of Telengana, about 20 km from Hyderabad. In response to this outbreak a decision to cull 200,000 birds and impose a ban on consumption of poultry products (chicken and eggs) has been placed. Protocols for culling and burial of infected … Continue reading HPAI H5N1 Comes to Poultry in Telengana, India

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Avian Influenza in the Gaza Strip

The Poultry Med website, in a short post, has announced that avian influenza, of strain H5N1, most likely similar to the strain in circulation in Egypt, has been identified in the Khan Yunis area of Gaza strip. This is particularly worrisome because in addition to a dense population, this area also has a large amount of unregulated poultry farming industry, present in almost every household. … Continue reading Avian Influenza in the Gaza Strip

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