Cutting down on swine flu and bird flu at county fairs

The county fair is a good place to go to share agricultural achievements, show off animals, and maybe indulge in some kettle corn or a ride on the Ferris wheel. It’s not a place where anyone — human or animal —goes with a plan to get sick.

That said, sicknesses do happen. County fairs in […]

Report: Strong biosecurity helped limit avian flu in the U.S.

According to a new epidemiology report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), thorough biosecurity practices have helped to limit the number of avian flu outbreaks in the U.S. this year.

According to the report, the main reasons the disease spread in early 2017 were environmental, and the spread […]

Cracking the code: A look at bird flu strains

H5N1, H7N3, H7N9, H5N2, H7N8.

What do these mysterious series of letters and numbers mean, and why should we pay attention to them?

Some of these numbers might ring a bell if you pay close attention to the news. All of the above are strains of avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu. H5N1 is […]

Emergency bird flu measures ordered in Scotland

A type of highly pathogenic avian flu, H5N8, has been found in dead wild birds in over a dozen countries across Europe, from Poland to France and has caused the Scottish Government to declare an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. This requires that all poultry and captive birds be kept indoors, or otherwise kept separate from […]

Monday links

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Agriculture

Report: Condition of North Carolina’s corn worst in nation – Triangle Business Journal North Carolina’s corn crop is suffering under the worst conditions in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of […]

Genomics used in new bird flu study

Canadian scientists are fast-tracking a genomic surveillance system to detect new, virulent avian flu viruses in wild birds in order to predict and hopefully prevent outbreaks in domestic birds, a new report states.

Recently, a new strain of avian flu swept through poultry farms in British Columbia and contained a blend of genetic material from […]

Avian flu confirmed in multiple states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of avian flu in Arkansas – the heart of America’s poultry region – which comes after confirmed cases have already been announced in states ranging from Minnesota and Missouri to California.

A recent article states that the case in Minnesota was the first in the Mississippi […]

Shanghai to temporarily close poultry markets

In an effort to curb the spread of H7N9 avian flu, officials plan to temporarily close Shanghai’s live poultry markets.

The markets are slated to be shuttered from Jan. 31 until April 30. About 117 markets will be affected, and the market closures are set to occur annually for the next five years to verify […]

H7N9 avian flu cases taper off

Although the number of H7N9 cases has slowed in recent weeks, many of those infected continue to battle the illness.

Some experts believe the closure of live poultry markets could be reason for the slow down, although others have suggested H7N9 could be decreasing as summer arrives, something that has been seen with other avian […]

Start the day off right with the Monday links

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Food safety

New study by USDA, FDA aims to enhance food safety in retail delis (Risk assessment targets Listeria monocytogenes) – USDA FSIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection […]