Avian influenza

As part of its on-going surveillance program the US has reported multiple detections of Eurasian H5 strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in domestic flocks, as confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl. In case of the highly pathogenic form, it spreads very quickly in birds – directly from bird to bird via airborne transmission or indirectly via contaminated material - and causes high mortality.

Even if the detection in birds does not pose an immediate public concern and no human cases of these avian influenza viruses have been detected so far in the United States, everybody is working hard to prevent the spread and safeguard consumers’ safety by ensuring that the birds from sick flocks do not enter the food system.

Currently, there is no specific or definitive treatment for the disease, so it is fundamental to strengthen biosecurity and monitor poultry farms during high-risk periods to prevent contamination and act in a timely manner. In this regard, a joint effort in the US in being undertaken, Additional surveillance and testing in the areas around affected flocks, according to the sample collection recommendations from the Avian Viruses Section at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL).

Thermo Fisher can support poultry operators with products recommended for avian influenza screening of birds in the USA: View PDF As well as in Europe: View PDF 

Click on the links in the table for further information about products for avian influenza sample collection & transport.

Alternatively, in the US, these products may be ordered on-line by visiting fisherscientific.com  and typing the order code into the search bar.


Product descriptionFormatOrder code
Thermo Scientific™ Disposable Sampling SwabsCase of 100 (sterile, flocked, nasopharyngeal swab, 14 cm (5.9 inch) length, 10 cm (3.9 inch) breakpoint, individually wrapped)R12544
(only available from fisherscientific.com, US)
Remel™ BHI Broth (Brain Heart Infusion Broth)100 x 5 mL
(15 mm x 103 mm Tube)
Remel™ BHI Broth20 x 5 mL
(15 mm x 103 mm)
Remel™ BHI Broth 20 x 4 mL
(15 mm x 103 mm Tube)
Remel™ BHI Broth 100 x 4 mL
(15 mm x 103 mm Tube)

To support the poultry industry at this difficult time Thermo Fisher is currently offering highly discounted prices. Contact your local representative to discuss.

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