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Tasmania's Poultry Keepers Warned about Disease

by 5m Editor
22 August 2011, at 9:30am

TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA - The state's commercial farmers and hobby poultry keepers are being warned to keep a look out for signs of infectious coryza.

A highly contagious respiratory disease amongst chickens seems to be more common than usual in Tasmania at the moment, reports ABC.

Infectious coryza is common in domestic poultry but can be deadly and spreads fast.

Dr James Harris, Tasmanian vet and president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, says anyone with poultry should be strict about quarantine.

He said: "If new birds are brought in, they must be automatically isolated and quarantined for 30 days, to observe for any signs of illness. Also if one is taking a bird to a bird show, when it comes back, it automatically goes back into quarantine for the same period of time."

Further Reading

- Find out more information on infectious coryza by clicking here.