FAO, China and EU identify ASF policy gaps to build regional preparedness
FAO ROME, Thursday 18 December 2014

FAO, China and the European Union (EU) are making progress on improving preparedness for African swine fever (ASF), a deadly disease affecting pigs. Through the EU-funded LinkTADs research consortium, 40 experts from the EU and Asia met in Beijing on 24 November for the “African swine fever Policy Event”, to identify the main policy gaps in East and Southeast Asia and ultimately to develop a set of recommendations and a follow-up strategy for ASF policy in the region.


Officials report H5N8 outbreak in Germany, H5N1 in India
CIDRAP NEWS SCAN, Thursday 18 December 2014

An outbreak of H5N8 avian flu has affected almost 18,000 turkeys at a fattening farm in Germany, and a duck has tested positive for H5N1 in northern India, officials reported.


HPAI reported in US wild birds and Italian turkey farm
WorldPoultry, Wednesday 17 December 2014

US authorities have reported finding wild birds in Washington state infected with two different highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses, H5N2 and H5N8, raising questions about possible connections with recent H5N2 outbreaks across the border in Canada and with an Asian H5N8 strain that is now hitting European poultry farms.


H5N8 bird flu virus entry routes into Europe uncertain
ThePoultrySite, Tuesday 16 December 2014

EU - The precise route of introduction of the H5N8 virus into Europe still remains uncertain, says a scientific report of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that has been generated in collaboration with Member States and the EU Reference Laboratory.


British Columbia farms with H5N2 now number 10
CIDRAP FLU SCAN, Monday 15 December 2014

Chickens on two more farms in British Columbia have been infected with H5N2 avian influenza, bringing the total to 10 and the number of birds dead or scheduled for culling to nearly 234,000 since the outbreak's start just 2 weeks ago, say news sources and official reports.


A global shift to antibiotic free production
AllAboutFeed, Monday 15 December 2014

Livestock sectors around the world are moving towards production systems that are less dependent on antibiotics. A short review on why this is needed and the solutions for optimising animal diets.


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