New outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been reported in the last week in Nigeria and Taiwan, while the South Korean authorities are experiencing financial and logistical challenges in tackling HPAI in poultry. Low-pathogenic avian flu has been detected at a third location in Chile.
HPAI caused by the H5N1 virus was first reported in Nigeria in January of 2015, and outbreaks have occurred sporadically since that time. In January of 2017, according to the report of the national veterinary authority to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), there were nine new outbreaks. These occurred in the central states of Plateau, Bauchi, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory, and affected six farms and three backyard flocks. All outbreaks were in laying hens or pullets, and one farm had 130,000 birds. Of the almost 146,000 poultry affected, nearly 1,000 died and the rest have been destroyed.
The H5N8 virus was first reported in Nigeria in December last year, in a small poultry flock in the state of Kano. The authorities have now reported to OIE detecting the virus in a small number of ducks at a market in the same state in mid-January.
Avian Influenza outbreak recently reported in many countries in Africa, Europe and Asia, and even Americas. Without fast and strong actions, Avian Influenza may attack your birds and cause huge loss.
The only solutions for Avian Influenza are vaccination and bio security. Besides, good prevention program is highly recommended. First Avian Influenza vaccination should be at day 16th. To enhance immunity, and prevent stress caused by vaccination, should mix APA Antistress P (which contains Vitamin C 50%, Acid citric 50%) with feed or dissolve in drinking water for poultry to drink all day long. Second vaccination should be at day 45th. After vaccination, farmers should supply poultry with essential vitamins and minerals. APA Soluvita P is a very good source of necessary vitamins, amino acid, to improve growth of poultry, stabilize FCR and health to overcome stress after vaccination.
BY JACKIE LINDEN, ON FEBRUARY 13, 2017.