1.5 million chickens to be killed due to coronavirus in North Carolina, USA #Chickens #Coronavirus #NorthCarolina #USA
Coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing plants are forcing North Carolina farmers to euthanize 1.5 million chickens, according to North Carolina state officials.
Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon said this is the first time, during the pandemic, North Carolina farmers have had to euthanize their animals.
Reardon said roughly a third of the 1.5 million chickens already had been killed.
According to Agriculture officials, on Thursday 2,006 workers in 26 processing plants across North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus.
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A city in China’s central Hunan province reported that it had culled almost 18,000 chickens after an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in statement on its website Saturday.
The statement didn’t say when the outbreak occurred, or when the cull happened. Hunan is next to Hubei, the epicenter of the separate coronavirus outbreak.
The avian influenza, found in a farm in Shaoyang City, killed 4,500 chickens, more than half the farm’s flock, the ministry said. The city culled almost 18,000 poultry after the outbreak. The statement said the outbreak was of a “highly pathogenic subtype” of the H5N1 flu.
Since 2003, the H5N1 avian flu has killed 455 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
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A poultry farm in Chhattisgarh has reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from Ministry of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry.
The virus killed 5,634 out of 21,060 birds on the farm in Baikunthpur and all of the remaining birds were slaughtered, the Paris-based OIE said in a website alert.
H5N1 is a type of influenza virus that causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza (or “bird flu”). Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza occur occasionally, but it is difficult to transmit the infection from person to person. When people do become infected, the mortality rate is about 60 per cent.
Almost all cases of H5N1 infection in people have been associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments. The virus does not infect humans easily, and spread from person to person appears to be unusual. There is no evidence that the disease can be spread to people through properly prepared and thoroughly cooked food.
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23,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Yunlin, Taiwan #BirdFlu #AvianFlu #H5N2 #chickens #Taiwan
Over 23,000 chickens on a farm in Yunlin County were culled Wednesday after confirmation a day earlier of an avian flu breakout there, according to the county’s Animal and Plant Disease Center.
The center said in a statement that the slaughter was conducted on the farm in Dounan Township after it was confirmed Tuesday that the farm’s livestock had been struck by the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza.
On Dec. 28, the farm owner reported to the center that some 600 of his chickens had died, the center said.
In 2019, a total of 53 poultry farms in the county were confirmed to have been hit by avian flu, with 289,000 birds culled, compared with 446,000 on 62 local farms in 2018, according to center data.
The center noted that the March-July and November-December periods are the peak seasons in Taiwan for avian flu, a virus that affects chickens, ducks, geese and turkey on farms mostly in central and southern Taiwan.
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Saudi Arabia reports outbreak of HIGHLY pathogenic bird flu virus: H5N8 #BirdFlu #H5N8 #emergency #SaudiArabia
An outbreak of a particularly contagious bird flu virus has been reported in Saudi Arabia, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) warns, as the world struggles to contain the spread of a deadly China coronavirus.
The outbreak took place in the central Sudair region, located some 150 kilometers north of the nation’s capital of Riyadh. The disease already killed more than 22,000 birds, the OIE said, citing the Saudi Agriculture Ministry. More than 385,000 birds were also slaughtered out of precaution. This is the first such outbreak since July 2018.
The H5N8 strain of the bird flu, which was detected in Saudi Arabia, was previously considered not particularly contagious for humans. Yet, it has been recently declared to have become increasingly more pathogenic.
Earlier on Tuesday, a similar alarming report about a bird flu outbreak came from Vietnam, where another highly pathogenic virus strain — H5N6 — led to the deaths of 2,200 birds in a village in the country’s north.
On February 1, China, which has already been gripped with a novel coronavirus originated from the city of Wuhan, reported that an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was detected in its central Hunan province.
While it hasn’t occupied the news spotlight lately, H5N1 is said to be an even deadlier virus to those who contract it. Nearly 60 percent of H5N1 patients die after contracting the sickness, compared to two percent of Wuhan coronavirus (2019 nCoV) patients thus far.
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Cases of bird flu have been confirmed at a chicken farm in Suffolk, the government has said.
All 27,000 birds at the commercial farm will be culled after a number were found to have the H5 type of avian flu, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said on Tuesday.
The strain has been identified as “low pathogenic avian flu”. Public Health England (PHE) has said the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said food safety is not at risk.
All the birds will now be humanely culled and a 1km restriction zone has been implemented to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
The chief veterinary officer, Prof Christine Middlemiss, said: “Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.
“We are urgently looking for any evidence of disease spread associated with this strain to control and eliminate it.”
The FSA said there would be no food safety risk to UK customers as long as poultry products, including eggs, were thoroughly cooked.
Dr Gavin Dabrera, public health consultant at PHE, said: “Avian flu – often called bird flu – is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low. As a precaution, we are offering public health advice and antivirals to those who had contact with the affected birds, as is standard practice.”
A detailed investigation is under way to determine the most likely source of the outbreak.
It’s the first outbreak of the disease in the UK since January 2017, when thousands of birds in Lancashire and Lincolnshire were confirmed to have the H5N8 strain.
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Vietnam’s southern Ba Ria Vung Tau province has seen first outbreaks of A/H5N6 bird flu which have led to the culling of 10,500 chickens, local media reported on Tuesday.
The outbreaks were spotted in two communes in Xuyen Moc district on July 31 and Aug. 1, and then tests confirmed that some chickens were infected with the bird flu virus, Vietnam News Agency quoted the provincial Department of Livestock and Animal Health as reporting.
Relevant local agencies have culled 10,500 chickens raised by two households in the two communes, disinfected surrounding areas and intensified vaccination among fowls in the district.
In late July, the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the outbreaks of A/H5N6 and A/H5N1 bird flu had been reported in 13 communes of 11 localities from the start of 2019, leading to the culling of more than 23,000 poultry.
The bird flu is forecast to widely spread in the remaining months of this year due to changing weather and surging poultry transportation in time ahead of the lunar new year holiday.
Vietnam first detected bird flu virus strain of A/H5N1 in December 2003 on both humans and fowls. More than 45 million poultry in Vietnam were culled between 2003 and 2006. Since then, hundreds of thousands of fowls have been killed each year.
In the 2004-2014 period, 127 people in Vietnam were infected with H5N1, including 64 fatalities, according to the ministry. The country has detected no new human cases of H5N1 infection since 2014.
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A team of veterinary doctors and experts culled more than 600 ducks and 66 chickens on Sunday following confirmation of bird flu (H5N1) in the city.
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Bird flu has been detected in two poultry farms at Tarkeshwar Municipality in Kathmandu. The infectious disease, medically known as H5N1 influenza virus, was detected and confirmed in the chickens being reared in the farms belonging to Shyam Sundar Basnet of Basnet Tole in Tarkeshwor-7 and Shyam Kumar Basnet, chief of Department of Livestock Services Dr Jaya Prakash Raya said. According to him, as many as 28,000 chickens were being culled after they were tested positive for the infection. Dr Raya said the infection that causes severe respiratory diseases in birds was also seen in ducks and chickens last year and that they were destroyed to prevent further infection. The disinfectant was being sprayed in the empty poultry farms to kill the virus.
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