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 H5N2 Strikes Two More Counties in Wisconsin

Two more counties in Wisconsin have fallen prey to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 strain which continues its exponential race across the Mississippi flyway, along which this infection has been gaining momentum. According to the report in Madison, this new outbreak, affecting the Barron and Juneau counties, have put almost 126,000 heads of poultry at risk. Although this disease seems to be highly infectious … Continue reading HPAI H5N2 Strikes Two More Counties in Wisconsin

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HPAI H5N2 Reaches Wisconsin: More Cases in Minnesota and South Dakota

A chicken farm in Wisconsin has been added to the tally of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 hit areas, while more turkey farms have been added to the ongoing spread of HPAI H5N2 in South Dakota and Minnesota. A detailed report has been hosted by the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy (CIDRAP). For some time it has been believed that the H5N2 virus … Continue reading HPAI H5N2 Reaches Wisconsin: More Cases in Minnesota and South Dakota

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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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Iowa Becomes the 16th US State to Report HPAI H5N2

Iowa has become the 16th state in the United States of America to report the occurrence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a turkey farm with a flock strength of 27,000. Further to the north, in Minnesota, eight more farms have had cases of HPAI, and the 22 cases thus far detected have originated from a total flock size of over 500,000 in these … Continue reading Iowa Becomes the 16th US State to Report HPAI H5N2

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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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