Poultry informed professional
Avian influenza (AI) is a viral disease of poultry caused by type A Orthomyxovirus and has impact on international trade in poultry and poultry products. Two forms of AI exist: 1) mildly pathogenic, and 2) highly pathogenic. Reports of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) are compiled and listed on the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) website, http://www.oie.int/, and in the bimonthly OIE Bulletin, but such reporting is mandatory for member nations. Mildly pathogenic (MP) AI is not on list A or B and thus are not reported to OIE. This report compiles information from OIE, recent scientific literature and credible personal sources on avian influenza in the world.