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Texas Euthanises Poultry Due to ILT Outbreak

by 5m Editor
26 March 2009, at 12:12pm

TEXAS, US - Animal health officials in Texas are euthanising approximately one-point-four million chickens from a poultry farm in east-central Texas.

This occured after a rare contagious respiratory disease called ILT (Infectious Laryngotracheitis) was found in some birds in that operation. The farm is associated with the Sanderson Farms food company, based in Laurel, Mississippi, according to Brownfield.

Chickens from 56 broiler houses are being depopulated in an area that has been isolated to keep the virus from spreading. The Texas Animal Health Commission says the virus in not a danger to humans, even if they eat meat from infected birds.

The farm is in Robertson County, Texas, north of College Station.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Infectious Laryngotracheitis, (ILT) by clicking here.