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Avian flu virus adaptability poses threat to poultry

Migrating birds harboring weaker viruses more likely to survive journey and potentially pass disease to domestic birds.


August 6, 2020
By Feedstuffs

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Commercial poultry should be protected from the risk of contracting avian influenza strains from migrating flocks, according to new research led by The Roslin Institute in the U.K.

New insights from a study of the 2016-17 avian flu outbreak show how highly pathogenic avian flu viruses — which are likely to cause deadly disease in chickens — can be transmitted from migrating wild bird populations to domestic flocks and back again, the institute said in an announcement.

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