May 26, 2015

US bird flu virus seen under control within four months, OIE says

An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within four months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus, the head of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said.

However, there is a high risk that strains of the virus will continue to spread within the American continent, mainly Mexico, which should prompt farmers and authorities to boost biosecurity measures, OIE Director General Bernard Vallat told Reuters. The U.S. poultry industry is confronting its biggest outbreak of bird flu on record, which has led to the death or culling of 40 million birds after confirmation on commercial farms and backyard flocks in 16 U.S. states and in Canada. Read More

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