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UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report - February 2004

by 5m Editor
15 February 2004, at 12:00am

By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic poultry diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.

UK Poultry Disease Surveillance Report - February 2004 - By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic poultry diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.
Quarterly Surveillance Report Poultry: Vol. 7 No. 4
Oct - Dec 2003 - Published Feb 2004

Contents

OVERVIEW (here)

POULTRY STATISTICS

NOTIFIABLE DISEASES:
- Submissions to the EU Reference Laboratory
- Imported Captive Birds

FOOD SAFETY AND ZOONOSES:
- Food Safety
- Salmonella Report
- Review of Salmonella Java
- Non-Statutory Zoonoses

ENDEMIC/NEW AND EMERGING DISEASE SURVEILLANCE:
- Virology Report
- Airsacculitis in Rearing Turkeys
- Review of Necrotic Enteritis and Bacterial Spondylitis in Broilers
- Histomoniasis (Blackhead) in Turkeys
- Motile Protozoa in Gamebirds
- Coccidiosis and Mycoplasma gallisepticum in commercial poultry
- Unevenness and Pododermatitis in broilers

Appendix I – Lasswade histopathology submissions

Appendix II – Lasswade diagnostic poultry submissions

Highlights

  • INCREASE IN BLACKHEAD IN TURKEYS
  • DISEASE REVIEWS FOR 2003

Overview

OVERVIEW The placings of both broilers and female broiler parents were higher during the last quarter of 2003 compared with the same quarter of 2002, whereas layer chick placings have shown a slight decline. Both broiler and turkey slaughterings showed an increase. There has been a sharp rise in imports of poultry meat (poultry statistics page 2).

The overall health status of the industry has remained reasonably good during the year although at the time of writing the current outbreaks of “bird flu” in the Far East are of concern and have attracted much media interest; earlier in the year the outbreaks of avian influenza in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium caused similar concern, and highlighted the importance of high standards of biosecurity.

This report provides reviews of some current health issues affecting both the commercial and small producer poultry sectors as well as gamebirds. The unavailability of licensed medication for the control of histomoniasis (blackhead) in turkeys and chickens is becoming a serious concern, and VIDA data (page 10) indicate an increase in blackhead in 2003 compared with previous years.

This report also describes turkey airsacculitis/meningitis as an apparently new and emerging disease, and previous reports in 2003 highlighted other emerging diseases including “vibrionic hepatitis” in free range layers (Vol 7 No2), spirochaetosis in layers and ascites/right ventricular hypertrophy in pheasants (Vol 7 No 3). An overview of the definitions of “free range” and “organic” as applied to broiler chickens was given in Vol 7 No1.

To read the full 10 page PDF report please click here

Source: Veterinary Laboratories Agency - February 2004