Latest Bird Flu News

Hard to detect, China bird flu virus may be more widespread.
Friday February 17th 2017, 2:00 PM

Bird flu infection rates on Chinese poultry farms may be far higher than previously thought, because the strain of the deadly virus that has killed more than 100 people this winter is hard to detect in chickens and geese, animal health experts say.

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New bird flu test in Hong Kong markets as human infections soar in mainland China.
Thursday February 16th 2017, 2:00 PM

A new bird flu test will be conducted in the city’s wet markets in an attempt to tighten surveillance of the virus amid a spike in human infections in mainland China.

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China says bird flu spread slows, vows to stiffen controls.
Thursday February 16th 2017, 2:00 PM

The spread of a deadly strain of bird flu in China is slowing, health authorities said on Thursday, as they vowed to tighten controls on markets and the transport of live poultry to battle the virus.

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Pests, disease seen hitting southern African food output.
Wednesday February 15th 2017, 2:00 PM

Crop pests and diseases sweeping through southern Africa pose a threat to food security in a region where production has yet to recover from drought, a senior U.N. food agency official said on Tuesday.

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China bird flu deaths surge in what could be the worst season ever.
Wednesday February 15th 2017, 2:00 PM

As many as 79 people died from H7N9 bird flu in China last month, the government said, stoking worries that the spread of the virus this season could be the worst on record.

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Why killer viruses are on the rise.
Tuesday February 14th 2017, 2:00 PM

The world is now in uncharted territory when it comes to infectious diseases. We’re facing a whole new era. Over the past century, the number of new infectious diseases cropping up each year has nearly quadrupled. The number of outbreaks per year has more than tripled.

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Taiwan bird flu culls reach nearly 130,000 as H5N6 cases confirmed.
Monday February 13th 2017, 2:00 PM

Taiwan has culled nearly 130,000 poultry since the start of this year as authorities on Tuesday reported a fresh strain of bird flu cases on the island.

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South Korea to import 4.8 million vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease.
Monday February 13th 2017, 2:00 PM

South Korea’s agriculture ministry said on Monday it will import 4.8 million doses of foot-and-mouth vaccine by the end of this month in an effort to prevent further spread of the viral disease.

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Asia’s hunger for meat could stoke diseases if unregulated, warns UN.
Monday February 13th 2017, 2:00 PM

A boom in demand for meat in Asia threatens to fuel the spread of disease from animals to humans, as boosting production often takes priority over food safety, a United Nations agency warned.

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How safe is your salad? Follow produce from Yuma, Arizona, to your grocery store.
Tuesday February 07th 2017, 2:00 PM

Picked on Monday, salad greens from Yuma can be in stores and restaurants by Tuesday. But the path from farm to table is much more complicated.

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Czechs cull up to 20,000 poultry as bird flu outbreak spreads.
Monday February 06th 2017, 2:00 PM

Czech authorities ordered a cull of up to 20,000 ducks and other poultry at a producer in the south of the country on Monday in the biggest single case of this year’s bird flu outbreak.

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Hungary orders all poultry to be kept inside to contain bird flu.
Thursday February 02nd 2017, 2:00 PM

Hungary’s chief veterinarian has issued an order that all poultry must be kept inside after the bird flu virus spread to 11 counties and more than 3 million birds had to be culled.

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