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Bird flu hits second Tyson's poultry flock in Tennessee

A second commercial poultry farm in Lincoln County, Tennessee has tested positive for the highly contagious H7N9 avian flu virus. The farm is less than 2 miles (3 kilometers) away from another commercial breeder struck by the virus on March 4.

Avian flu suspected in three cases found in northern Alabama

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries officials are investigating three separate cases in the northern part of the state where poultry is suspected to be infected with the avian flu.

Second outbreak of bird flu confirmed at Middle Tennessee farm

It didn't take long, but federal and state officials are reporting on Thursday that a second commercial breeding facility chicken flock in Tennessee has been confirmed to be infected with the avian bird flu.

Avian flu in Wisconsin - The second outbreak in less than a week

The United States is reporting a second outbreak of avian flu, this time on a farm in Wisconsin. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday the virus found in Wisconsin isn't as virulent as the virus found in Tennessee the other day,

Bird migration patterns contain clues to bird flu risks

Edinburgh - Avian flu remains an ever-present risk. According to new research, monitoring the migration routes of wild birds should give an early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks.

It’s all in the genes: Why some chickens are bird flu resistant

Lincoln - Combating the risks associated with bird flu is of global importance. While some research focuses on treatment, and other parts on addressing transmission, another strand looks at patterns of susceptibility.

Congress raises bipartisan concern over avian flu vaccine stock

Washington - Leading members of a bipartisan House committee are questioning the efficacy of the US Health Department's influenza pandemic preparedness and response plan.

FSIS: Netherlands to sell liquid, dried and frozen eggs to U.S.

For the first time since 2002, the United States will begin importing eggs from the Netherlands. The move comes as a result of a shortage of liquid eggs used in commercial establishments and the manufacturing of products containing eggs.

Avian flu causes Egg prices to rise higher than a chicken can fly

Soaring egg prices are now being seen across the country as H5N2 avian influenza has devastated poultry producers in 16 Midwestern states and Canada. As of June 5, there have been 217 confirmed locations, affecting 46,741,393 birds.

Bird flu risk could match 1918 Spanish Flu

The risk from bird flu to the global human population could be catastrophic, unless preventative measures are taken. This is according to a leading virologist.

Iowa governor Branstad declares state of emergency over bird flu

Des Moines - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Friday declared a state of emergency, with over 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying, or scheduled to be euthanized because of the widening spread of the avian flu virus.

Charting bird flu through the North America

The pathogenic avian influenza H5 viruses are still moving, and perhaps evolving, through North American wild birds. How widespread the rate of infection in chickens will become is the subject of new research.

Kansas now the fourth state with confirmed avian flu in poultry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday confirmed the presence of a virulent strain of the avian flu virus in poultry in Kansas. This discovery confirms the deadly virus has spread into the migratory bird route.

New compound shows success against bird flu

Scientists have developed an antibody shown to be completely protective against the H5N1 bird flu virus. The success has been demonstrated in two species of animal models.

The state of bird flu in North America

Bird flu appears to be on the rise across North America. Farmers detect H5N8 in a commercial turkey flock in California, while Canadian officials document the first known human importation of H7N9 to the country.

Over 2,300 people being monitored for bird flu in Taiwan

Taiwan - On Saturday, a four-day ban on the killing of chickens, ducks and geese in slaughterhouses went into effect across Taiwan because the current outbreak of the avian flu virus is continuing to spread. Over 2,300 poultry farm employees are being monitored.

H7N9 strain mutated from chicken flu virus

Beijing - Scientists have demonstrated how changes in a flu virus common to Chinese poultry farms triggered the rise of the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened hundreds of people since 2013.

More B.C. poultry farms hit in latest outbreak of Avian Flu

An eight country has joined the list of those restricting Canadian poultry due to the ever-growing Avian flu outbreak on B.C. poultry farms. In total now 9 farms have been affected, but officials say there may be more.

Avian flu hits B.C. again, 7 countries restrict Canadian poultry

A fifth B.C. farm, a turkey farm, has been hit by the avian flu virus. The return of the bird flu to the province comes as the industry heads into its profitable Christmas period. It won't help that some countries are now restricting Canadian poultry.

Bird flu case in the U.K.

York - A case of bird flu has been detected at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, England. It is the U.K.'s first confirmed case of avian influenza since 2008.

Bird flu map produced

Scientists have mapped regions in Asia with the highest risk for transmission and infection of bird flu (of the type H7N9).

Flu pandemic of 1918 came from birds

The strain of influenza that caused the 1918 flu pandemic (Spanish flu) probably came from birds, according to a new study.

New method to track Avian flu

With various cases of Avian flu appearing in several regions of the world, scientists have honed in a new technique to help track the spread of the diseases across different territories and populations.

New bird flu threat

The Chinese government has reported the first two human cases of H10N8 avian influenza. One case is linked to the death of a 73-year-old woman.

Can H7N9 bird flu spread between people?

The death of a medical worker in China has prompted concern that the avian flu virus can spread between humans. This follows a second presumed case of human-to-human transfer.

Alberta, Canada confirms first H5N1 avian flu death

The H5N1 avian influenza virus has generally been confined to China and other Asian countries. Commonly reported in poultry, when humans become infected with the virus, the mortality rate is about 60 percent.

Bird flu is poorly adapted at infecting humans

Avian influenza virus H7N9, which killed several dozen people in China earlier in 2013, has not yet acquired the genetic changes necessary to infect people easily.

New 'H6N1' bird flu reported in Taiwan

It has been revealed that a woman who was hospitalized in Taiwan after she developed a high fever, cough and shortness of breath, was the victim of a rare strain of 'bird flu'.

Food additive could block avian flu

An everyday food additive appears to block a deadly new strain of avian influenza virus from infecting healthy cells, according to a new research study.

Study: Detecting bird flu by smell

Some diseases can modify animal odors in subtle ways. In one study, it has been shown that infection with avian influenza (AIV) alters fecal odors in mallards. This could lead to a new detection method to root out infected birds.
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A chicken market in Xining  China.
A chicken market in Xining, China.
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Dead birds pile up on a Midwestern farm in wake of avian flu epidemic.
Dead birds pile up on a Midwestern farm in wake of avian flu epidemic.
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Poultry farm in Harris  Iowa. Iowa is the largest egg-producing state in the country.
Poultry farm in Harris, Iowa. Iowa is the largest egg-producing state in the country.
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Cooper s Hawk  Accipiter cooperii  Upper Marlboro  Maryland.
Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
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Millions of chickens have been killed in an attempt to halt the progress of the H5N2 virus.
Millions of chickens have been killed in an attempt to halt the progress of the H5N2 virus.
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Scene from a tour of a turkey farm.
Scene from a tour of a turkey farm.
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Minnesota is the nation s top turkey producing state.
Minnesota is the nation's top turkey producing state.
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Avian flu in a chicken.
Avian flu in a chicken.
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Birds affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) could show swelling of the head  wattles ...
Birds affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) could show swelling of the head, wattles, combs, and face.
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Raw chicken in an outdoor market in Beijing  China. Notice the calculator laying atop the pieces of ...
Raw chicken in an outdoor market in Beijing, China. Notice the calculator laying atop the pieces of poultry.
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Transporting poultry by bicycle in Suzhou  China.
Transporting poultry by bicycle in Suzhou, China.
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Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the Avian Flu Virus
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the Avian Flu Virus
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Avian influenza is very dangerous to birds and can contaminate humans
Avian influenza is very dangerous to birds and can contaminate humans
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Scene from video showing the TF-5000 auto egg breaker with washing function. This automated machinery is capable of breaking, separating and washing 5,000 eggs an hour.
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Post Holdings is best known for its Honey Bunches of Oats.
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Influenza A H7N9 as viewed through an electron microscope. Both filaments and spheres are observed i...
Influenza A H7N9 as viewed through an electron microscope. Both filaments and spheres are observed in this photo
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Hemorrhaging of the skin and legs is just one of the signs birds might exhibit when infected with the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus.
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Iowa  the nation s largest egg producer has lost 40 percent of its laying hens.
Iowa, the nation's largest egg producer has lost 40 percent of its laying hens.
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A CDC Scientist harvests H7N9 virus that has been grown for sharing with partner laboratories for research purposes.
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