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The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 virus originated in Asia and spread rapidly along wild bird migratory pathways during the end of 2014. However, in the Pacific flyway, this HPAI H5N8 avian influenza virus (AIV) mixed with North American AIV creating new mixed-origin highly pathogenic H5N2 and H5N1 viruses, so far detected in United States (US) and Canada.

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has established the presence of HPAI in 77 poultry outbreaks (12 backyard and 65 commercial), distributed in 44 counties in 13 states since the end of 2014. However, over 75% of these events in the US occurred in April, 2015. Detection of HPAI H5N8 and H5N1 have been also notified by USDA APHIS, but mainly limited to wild or captive birds, while HPAI H5N2 represent...

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CIRAD and Daaf Guadeloupe are organizing with CARICOM Secretariat and Guadeloupe region in collaboration with European, Caribbean and Guadeloupe partners on April 21 the first regional conference on research and surveillance of animal diseases. The...
By Pastor Alfonso, CENSA, member of the Avian Diseases Working Group, 13/3/2015 Currently, there are reports of an increased number of avian influenza (AI) outbreaks hitting commercial poultry in new regions of the United States. The new outbreak...
By Pastor Alfonso, CENSA, member of the Avian Diseases Working Group, 1/3/2015 In 2015, sixteen countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Americas confirmed the presence of Avian Influenza (AI) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). On 25/02/...
Services under this consultancy will include: To assess Barbados’ Primary Industries to determine the status of implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and/or Good Hygiene Practices (GHPs) and Food Quality Assurance Systems; To...
By Pastor Alfonso, CENSA, member of the Avian Diseases Working Group, 24/1/2015 In November 2014 HPAI outbreaks either due to H5N8 or other strains (H5N2) were found in several European countries and in Northern America. This was the first time an...

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The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is seeking to identify Consultants with expertise in SPS related...

The project,  One Health, One Caribbean, One Love',  funded by the EC/ACP  is currently offering a...