Three Midwest states report 14 more H5N2 outbreaks
CIDRAP NEWS, Monday 4 May 2015

Officials in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin today reported a total of 14 more confirmed or probable H5N2 avian flu outbreaks on turkey and chicken farms, undermining hopes that warm spring weather would slow the virus's spread.

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African Swine Fever: Problems not over yet
PigProgress, Monday 4 May 2015

African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to be a problem on the Eastern borders of the European Union (EU). In the first four months of 2015, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) received a total of 135 new reports from cases in the EU – virtually all in wild boars.

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2 Sisters removes more antibiotics from poultry production
AllAboutFeed, Sunday 3 May 2015

2 Sisters Food Group is removing all antibiotics considered “critically important to human health” by the World Health Organisation from its poultry production, to help counter the risk of antibiotics resistance in humans.

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Facing 4 more H5N2 outbreaks, Iowa declares emergency
CIDRAP NEWS, Friday 1 May 2015

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad declared a statewide emergency over H5N2 avian influenza today as the state reported probable outbreaks on four more farms, while Minnesota officials said two more farms have probably been hit by the virus.

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Tyson Foods turns to probiotics and essential oils in move away from dual use antibiotics
FeedNavigator, Thursday 30 April 2015

Tyson Foods said probiotics are one of the nutritional tools it is using in its shift away from human medicine important antibiotics in its broiler chicken flocks.

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Avian flu taking big toll in Iowa
CIDRAP NEWS, Thursday 29 April 2015

Nine more H5 avian influenza outbreaks that were reported on Iowa poultry farms in the past 2 days, combined with previous outbreaks, will mean the loss of about a quarter of the state's 60 million layer hens, state officials said today.

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Survey finds weak global response to antimicrobial resistance
CIDRAP NEWS, Wednesday 29 April 2015

A survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) paints a fairly bleak picture of global efforts to address antimicrobial resistance, with national programs often missing, patchy monitoring of the problem, widespread sales of the drugs without prescription, and low public awareness.

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