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U.S. Stockpiles Two Bird Flu Vaccines

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U.S. government health officials announced earlier this month that two bird flu vaccines are being stockpiled and will be available for shipment within weeks. They said that the bird flu stockpiling is part of their emergency preparations in the event the H5N1 virus, which now primarily infects wild birds, chickens and sometimes cows and other […]

Texas Man and Dairy Cattle Test Positive for Bird Flu

avian flu test

A man in Texas has tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu after direct exposure to infected dairy cattle. While this is the second recent case of bird flu identified in humans in the United States, it is the first time the disease has been found in dairy cattle.1 The first case of H5N1 in […]

Bird Flu Outbreak in Oregon Leads to Mass Euthanization of Poultry

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In November 2023, Oregon’s commercial poultry farm businesses experienced the first avian (bird) influenza outbreak in the state. In response to the outbreak, the state’s Department of Agriculture reported that approximately 800,000 chickens were euthanized.1 The two commercial poultry operations affected by bird flu were located in Linn and Marion counties in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. […]

Nearly 50 Percent of Federal Panelists Making Dietary Recommendations Have Money Ties to Food Industry

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About half of the members of a U.S. federal government panel that shapes dietary recommendations in the United States have significant financial ties to big agriculture, processed food companies, weight loss companies, pharmaceutical companies, and other corporate organizations a recent report reveals. An additional four committee members had “possible” financial conflicts of interest.1 The Dietary […]

African Swine Fever Vaccines Co-Developed by USDA Approved for Commercial Use in Pigs in Vietnam

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved commercial use of the first two African swine fever vaccines for pigs. The first vaccine is known as NAVET-ASFVAC, co-developed by Navetco Central Veterinary Medicine in Vietnam and United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the second is called AVAC ASF LIVE, […]

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