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Category : Infectious Diseases

November 23, 2020

False layer syndrome linked to early infectious bronchitis exposure

Research is increasingly linking false layer syndrome (FLS) to early exposure to infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). FLS has been reported across ...
November 9, 2020

Consider predominance of AL-2 variants when planning IBDV vaccination program

The AL-2 family of variants is the predominant strain of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) circulating among US broiler flocks, ...
July 13, 2020

ND is stable in US but poultry industry should be on lookout for evolving strains

Newcastle disease (ND) throughout most of the US remains stable, but the industry needs to be on guard for changes ...
March 6, 2020

Keeping up with variant reovirus strains remains challenging

Poor uniformity, lameness and reduced water consumption are tip-offs that broilers may be infected with variant reovirus, Erin Riley, DVM, ...
October 29, 2019

Unusual presentation of bacterial septicemia in broilers tied to breeders

An unusual presentation of bacterial septicemia in broilers underscores the importance of obtaining a good history and obtaining input from ...
October 7, 2019

Sentinel broilers, PCR testing help isolate, identify evolving IBV populations in Arkansas

How do you look for new serotypes of a virus that might be circulating in an area? Sentinel birds are ...
May 8, 2019

Virulent ND in California sending wake-up call to US poultry industry

Outbreaks of virulent Newcastle disease (vND) that have spread from backyard to commercial flocks in California are providing a wake-up ...
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April 8, 2019

Navigating the maze of alternative products for necrotic enteritis control

The effectiveness of antibiotic alternatives is going to vary among “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) production systems, and it’s up to ...
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February 27, 2019

Mycoplasma synoviae demanding more attention as poultry industry grasps its full impact

Emerging, variant strains of Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) are causing eggshell apex abnormalities as well as production drops in both layer ...
December 6, 2018

Can water treatments help reduce Salmonella levels before processing?

Feed withdrawal before moving broilers to the processing plant appears to increase their susceptibility to Salmonella, indicates research from the ...
November 1, 2018

Biosecurity, disinfection, downtime keys to better ILT control

Strict biosecurity is the best defense against infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) in broiler flocks, advises Maricarmen García, PhD, a professor at ...
October 22, 2018

Halting in ovo vaccination not a good option for managing hatchery bacteria

Higher 7-day mortality from bacterial infections in the hatchery is no reason to stop in ovo vaccination for Marek’s and ...
June 20, 2018

Is MS the next ‘big, bad Mycoplasma’ for US poultry?

The US poultry industry is reporting more problems with virulent Mycoplasma synoviae (MS), Naola Ferguson, DVM, associate professor at the University of Georgia, told Poultry Health Today. MS causes upper-respiratory disease, leg problems, liver ...
May 11, 2018

On-farm Salmonella control helps prevent processing plant contamination

Contaminated chicken feathers and feet may be the primary vectors for transmitting Salmonella from poultry houses to processing plants, according ...
May 4, 2018

‘Turkeys are suffering’ without good control of coccidiosis

Turkeys are suffering from coccidiosis due to a lack of available medications, according to Greg Mathis, PhD, Southern Poultry Research, ...
April 19, 2018

Foregoing CAV breeder vaccination based on ELISA results can backfire

Not vaccinating broiler breeders for chicken anemia virus (CAV) because ELISA results show detectable antibodies could be asking for trouble, ...
March 30, 2018

Seven misconceptions about IBD in broilers

Infectious bursal disease, or IBD, is one of the most common yet most misunderstood diseases of poultry. Kalen Cookson, DVM, a ...
February 19, 2018

How mutations, antigenic drift affect IBD management

Farms affected by variant infectious bursal disease (IBD) viruses may find that currently available IBD vaccines aren’t always effective, said ...
February 9, 2018

Clostridial dermatitis: Why is it so prevalent in turkeys?

Skin lesions in turkeys open the door to Clostridium infections and clostridial dermatitis, the most important disease in the turkey ...
February 6, 2018

H9N2 could devastate America’s poultry industry

H9N2, a low-pathogenic avian influenza virus common in parts of Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, would be difficult ...
January 25, 2018

Is feed a vector for avian influenza virus?

Layer feed does not appear to be a likely vector for transmitting the avian influenza (AI) virus, based on research ...
January 2, 2018

Necrotic enteritis and age of litter: What’s the connection in broilers?

Broilers raised on used litter develop better immunity to necrotic enteritis (NE) than birds raised on new litter when challenged ...
October 20, 2017

Infectious bursal disease: ‘It’s never black and white’

Daral Jackwood, PhD, a professor at Ohio State University, is best known in the global poultry industry as the go-to ...
September 8, 2017

Alternative therapies called best long-term hope for blackhead disease in turkeys

Alternative treatments may be the only long-term hope for managing blackhead in turkeys, said Robert Beckstead, PhD, turkey health specialist, ...
July 20, 2017

Sanderson Farms vet drawing new battle lines against ILT

Sanderson Farms growers have been asked to stop driving their farm trucks off the farm to help prevent outbreaks of ...
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July 19, 2017

Infectious bronchitis: The ‘eye of the storm’ for chicken health

Ask any poultry producer about the most economically important disease in broilers, breeders or layers. Infectious bronchitis (IB) almost always tops ...
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July 11, 2017

MG in poultry: Often overlooked but still costly

The incidence of Mycoplasma gallisepticum is currently low in broiler and broiler breeder flocks thanks to decades of effort by ...
June 27, 2017

Managing coccidia ‘leakage’ in antibiotic-free production systems

[caption id="attachment_4130" align="alignright" width="37"] Watch the full interview[/caption] The US broiler industry has long relied on coccidial leakage to create immunity ...
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