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CHANGSHA – A 59-year-old man having close contact with live poultry died on Monday morning of the H7N9 flu virus, the first of its kind in central China’s Hunan province, local authority said. A separate statement issued by the health department of Guangdong province on Monday said a patient surnamed Xie died of the virus on Sunday in Foshan after treatment failed. With the new cases, H7N9 has so far killed 25 people in China since January, and the number of human infections has been 113, with Zhejiang and Guangdong being mostly affected. Continue reading
Science – As flu season bears down, the world is warily eyeing China. A novel H7N9 avian flu strain emerged here in March, infecting at least 135 people and killing 45 before petering out in the summer. Now it is back, with four human cases in southern China in the past month. More cases are a certainty, and researchers, public health experts, and vaccinemakers are preparing for the remote but real possibility that H7N9 will explode into a pandemic.
For now, the signs are reassuring. Sustained human-to-human transmission would be needed for H7N9 to cause widespread illness. But so far, there have been only a handful of possible instances of people infecting each other. In 70% of cases, victims are believed to have picked up the virus directly from live poultry, says Masato Tashiro, head of a World Health Organization (WHO) flu collaborating center in Tokyo. H7N9 is “still looking for ways to adapt well to humans,” says George Gao, deputy director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC).
The Poultry Site published the latest Avian/Bird Flu News in September. Click on the title to access the article.
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The Poultry Site – A total of 316 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 37 states, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The source of infection has been traced to sales of young poultry from agricultural stores, which are mainly frequented by small-scale and hobby farmers.
According to the latest CDC report – dated 19 August – among 199 ill persons with available information, 51 (26 per cent) have been admitted to hospital; 59 per cent of ill persons are children 10 years of age or younger.
The Poultry Site – Salmonella species are bacteria that can cause foodborne illness in humans when they eat contaminated eggs or other poultry products that are inappropriately cooked. By targeting Salmonella through flock vaccination, contamination of eggs and meat can be reduced without the use of broad scope antibiotics. The poultry industry has been looking for ways to reduce its use of antibiotics due to concerns around the emergence of antibiotic resistant pathogens. Since only a very small portion of Salmonella species can cause foodborne illnesses in humans, a vaccine would need to target only these pathogenic species. Continue reading
CHINA – The bird flu scare and the economic slowdown hit the sales of some Western fast-food chains in China last month. Yum! Brands Inc’s same-store sales in China declined an estimated 13 per cent year-on-year in July, with a 16 per cent decrease at KFC and only three per cent growth at Pizza Hut, Yum! Brands said on Monday (12 August). Meanwhile, McDonald’s Corp — Yum! Brands’ main rival — also saw a sales decrease in China. The company said on 8 August that comparable sales in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa decreased 1.9 per cent in July, “reflecting negative results in Japan, Australia and China”. Continue reading
By Kate Kelland MSN News — Research published in the British Medical Journal analyzing a family cluster of cases of the bird flu infection H7N9 in eastern China found it was very likely the virus “transmitted directly from the index patient (a 60-year-old man) to his daughter.” Experts commenting on the research said while it did not necessarily mean H7N9 are any closer to becoming the next flu pandemic, “it does provide a timely reminder of the need to remain extremely vigilant.” Continue reading
The Poultry Site – ANALYSIS – This week’s news in the global poultry markets has included some significant developments in terms of the food safety risks from poultry meat. In the EU and US, discussions have begun on modernising meat inspection procedures to tackle better today’s food safety risks. Among these is Listeria in ready-to-eat foods, which has been the subject of an EFSA baseline survey. This week’s news in the global poultry markets has included some significant developments in terms of the food safety risks from poultry meat. Continue reading
The Poultry Site – In Europe, last year, the European Food Safety Authority published an opinion on the existing inspection procedures in poultry slaughterhouses and came to the conclusion that the simple visual inspection was not sufficient in times when concerns over pathogens such as Salmonella and Campylobacter were rising. The accent it concluded was for a more “whole chain” approach to inspection.
EFSA called for the introduction of a comprehensive food safety assurance system, including clear targets for what should be achieved in poultry carcases and, where appropriate, with respect to a particular hazard for poultry flocks.
The authority also recommended the use of a variety of control options for the main hazards, both on the farm and at the abattoir, in order to meet these targets. >>Continue Reading<<
The Poultry Site – Salmonella remains a problem in intensive poultry rearing, in the tropics and in free-range systems, according to Professor Paul Barrow of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Speaking at a seminar entitled ‘Poultry Science Outlook’ organised by the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) in Bangkok earlier this year, he explained that there is a range of approaches to its control including biosecurity, antibiotics, competitive exclusion, breeding for genetic resistance and vaccination. However, tight biosecurity is difficult to achieve for outdoor systems and competitive exclusion works less well in the field than in the lab…. >>Continue Reading<<