The Avian influenza summer break is not only over, it has been smashed. In the past 30 days, the virus has spread to 106 commercial flocks in 23 states. And California is the latest to report outbreaks —in two broiler operations in Stanislaus County and an egg-laying business in Sonoma

Continue Reading The avian flu virus is rapidly spreading through commercial flocks in the U.S.

After a summer pause, the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) epidemic in the United States resumed last month, first as a single event, then as a cluster of cases, and it is now spreading across at least 14 states.

The new outbreak cases first took the dead bird total to

Continue Reading Avian flu kills more than 61 million birds, but CDC still sees only a slight threat to humans

Mass killings to control highly contagious, highly pathogenic avian influenza are being criticized by at least one animal activist organization.

The non-governmental Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has petitioned the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS), asking the government to “incentivize producers to adequately plan for the rapid killing of

Continue Reading Animal activists want mass killings to control avian flu to use more humane methods

The probability of infection by low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) through eating contaminated raw poultry meat or raw table eggs is “negligible”, according to estimates from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

EFSA said there is a high level of uncertainty on the transmission pathways for poultry and wild birds
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Food safety is for naught if animal diseases are not kept at bay. The federal Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program is funded through the so-called Farm Bill. And 120 groups representing animal agriculture late this week let Senate conferees know the 2018 Farm Bill does not provide enough money
Continue Reading ‘Gold standard’ of defense against animal disease sought in Farm Bill