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New bird flu strain causing concern for poultry producers in SE Asia

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New bird flu strain causing concern for poultry producers in SE Asia

By RJ Whitehead

A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. 

FAO calls for vigilance with avian influenza on the rise in China

FAO calls for vigilance with avian influenza on the rise in China

By RJ Whitehead

Human infections with the influenza A(H7N9) virus are on the rise again in China and the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities provide opportunity for further spread and human exposure, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned.

Typhoon-hit farmers begin massive replanting programme

Typhoon-hit farmers begin massive replanting programme

By RJ Whitehead

One month after Typhoon Haiyan struck a devastating blow to the Philippines, farmers who lost essential crops and supplies are receiving the first wave of emergency seeds, restoring hope for a productive planting season and much-needed food for the coming...

Fast action needed to save Philippines’ winter crops after typhoon

Fast action needed to save Philippines’ winter crops after typhoon

By RJ Whitehead

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s emergency chief expects that crops in areas of the Philippines that were worst hit by this month’s Typhoon Haiyan have been “severely compromised”, and has warned that action must be taken quickly...

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