Study notes H5N1 tweaks that boost airborne spread
CIDRAP NEWS, Monday 14 April 2014

In a controversial study published 2 years ago Dutch scientists described a lab-modified strain of H5N1 influenza virus that was capable of airborne transmission among ferrets. Now the same researchers say they have identified five specific mutations that gave the virus this ability, a claim that is renewing debate about the risks of conducting and publishing such experiments.


Mass culling begins in Japanese bird flu outbreak
WorldPoultry, Monday 14 April 2014

Japan is to cull 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed the presence of bird flu on a poultry farm in the south of the country. This is the first confirmed incidence bird flu in Japan in three years.


Japan orders chicken cull to contain bird flu
AlJazeera, Sunday 13 April 2014

Japan slaughters 112,000 chickens after first confirmed case of bird flu in three years.


Algae holds potential as stockfeed source, methane-reducing agent
BeefCentral, Sunday 13 April 2014

Researchers working on the potential production and use of algae as both a feed source and a means of reducing livestock methane emissions have filed a patent on a species of algae found to have powerful methane-reducing properties.


Japanese beer giant Asahi set to acquire Malaysian dairy
DairyReporter, Thursday 10 April 2014

Asahi Group Holdings, the firm behind the Asahi Japanese beer brand, is preparing for its first foray into fresh dairy after agreeing a deal to acquire Malaysian firm Etika Dairies.


China, Hong Kong report four more H7N9 cases
CIDRAP NEWS, Thursday 10 April 2014

In the ongoing trickle of H7N9 cases from China and its close neighbors, four new infections have been reported, three from the mainland and one from Hong Kong in a visitor with ties to Guangdong province.


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