Expert Analysis:
Veterinary Science

January 19, 2016

400,000 birds euthanized in Indiana: What we know about the new avian flu virus

Last week USDA confirmed discovery of a highly pathogenic H7N8 avian flu virus in a turkey flock in Indiana. While the virus genome is being analyzed, 400,000 infected birds, both turkeys and chickens, are being euthanized in efforts to stamp out the outbreak. Continue reading

September 30, 2015

Is the government doing enough on the role of agriculture in antibiotic resistance?

The use of antibiotics in agriculture was a key part of first public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Representatives from the FDA and USDA highlighted that data about on-farm use of antibiotics was still missing, and is required before conclusions can be drawn about the role of farms in antibiotic resistance. Continue reading

April 21, 2015

What do we know about the bird flu infecting US farms?

Bird flu has been infecting poultry farms in the West and Midwest. With large scale chicken farms affected and increasing numbers of birds being destroyed to contain the spread, GENeS has reached out to experts to find out what we know about current strains of the virus. Continue reading