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UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to September 2006)

by 5m Editor
9 February 2007, 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.

Quarterly Surveillance Report Poultry: Vol. 10 No. 3
July - Sept. 2006
Published Online Feb. 2007

Contents

OVERVIEW (here)

POULTRY STATISTICS

NOTIFIABLE DISEASES:
- SUBMISSIONS TO THE EU REFERENCE
- LABORATORY
- FOWL CHOLERA
FOOD SAFETY AND ZOONOSES
- FOOD SAFETY
- SALMONELLA REPORT
- SALMONELLA ZO4 VISITS
- VACCINAL STRAINS OF
S.ENTERITIDIS
- SALMONELLA GALLINARUM
ENDEMIC/NEW AND EMERGING DISEASE SURVEILLANCE
- VIROLOGY REPORT
- VIROLOGY REPORT
- HORIZON SCANNING: WVPA
SYMPOSIUM ON CORONAVIRUSES
AND PNEUMOVIRUSES
OTHER AVIAN TOPICS
- BLACKHEAD UPDATE
- MAREK’S DISEASE
- NECROTIC ENTERITIS
- TURKEY RESPIRATORY-MENINGITIS
SYNDROME

Appendix I – VLA 2006/07 SURVEY OF TURKEY FLOCKS FOR SALMONELLA

Highlights

  • NEWCASTLE DISEASE CONFIRMED IN PARTRIDGES
  • S GALLINARUM ISOLATED FROM A FOURTH SITE
  • HORIZON SCANNING FOR AVIAN VIRAL DISEASES

Overview

A focus of this quarterly surveillance report is on emerging diseases of poultry in the UK and on ‘horizon scanning’. The continued reemergence of fowl typhoid (Salmonella Gallinarum) is of concern not least because of the costs involved in controlling and eradicating the disease, made more difficult now that red mites have been shown to harbour infection. A report on the WVPA symposium in Germany earlier this year highlights the continued importance of avian metapneumoviruses (formerly TRT or ART) in turkeys and chickens and the development of new test systems to detect these viruses. New developments in avian coronaviruses including Infectious Bronchitis virus are described, with the emergence of the QX strain which appears not yet to have reached the UK. Coronaviruses are also increasingly recognised in turkeys, associated with enteritis.

The poultry statistics (p2) appear to present a reasonably stable picture but there has been continuing concern in some sectors with pressure on poultry meat prices and there has been an increase of 28% in imports of shell eggs over the period January – August compared with last year.

Stop Press

During October an outbreak of Newcastle disease was confirmed in partridges in Scotland. More details will follow in the next quarterly report.

Poultry Statistics

Further Information

To read the full 13 page PDF report please click here

February 2007