China has banned all imports of US poultry, poultry products and eggs amid recent reports of highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza found in the Pacific Northwest, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday [12 January 2015]. All poultry and poultry related products shipped from the United States after Jan 8 would be returned or destroyed, according to the agency and the US trade group USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. The ban, effective as of Jan 8, also applies to poultry breeding stock, which includes live chicks and hatching eggs…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2015
- In late December 2014, Hong Kong banned imports from various US poultry products after cases of H5N2 were reported in Whatcom County, Washington (bordering British Columbia). In addition, H5N8 was detected in Winston, Oregon (~450 miles south of Whatcom).
- From January to November 2014, China imported 239.7 million lbs. (~108,757 MTs) of poultry products (primarily chicken feet/paws) and 55.9 million lbs. (~25,355 MTs) of turkey from the US.
- On 11 January 2015, Chiayi County (southwestern Taiwan) destroyed more than 1,500 geese due to an H5N8 outbreak. Meanwhile, 120,000 chickens were culled in Pingtung County due to an outbreak [detected on 9 January 2015] of H5N2 avian influenza.
- In early January 2015, Huizhou, Guangdong Province, culled 13,000 chickens after realizing it exported H7N9 infected chicken to Hong Kong.
- In December 2014, 19,000 birds were culled in Hong Kong’s Cheung Sha Wan wholesale market. A three week ban on bird imports was instituted.
- In early September 2014, an outbreak of H5N6 was reported on a geese farm in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. It was reported that approximately 18,000 geese died in August 2014 on the farm and 69,000 poultry were subsequently culled.
- There are nine potential subtypes of H5 viruses: H5N1, H5N2, H5N3, H5N4, H5N5, H5N6, H5N7, H5N8, and H5N9.