Expert Analysis:
Livestock diseases

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

May 15, 2015

33.5 million birds and rising, why is avian flu so hard to stop?

Avian flu has been confirmed on poultry farms in fifteen U.S. states, with over 33.5 million birds infected and numbers continuing to rise. Destroying infected flocks to eradicate the highly pathogenic viruses presents a significant biosecurity challenge, and researchers are scrambling to understand how the viruses move between wild species and domestic birds. 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