The first peer-reviewed website about infectious bronchitis (IB) in poultry — www. infectious-bronchitis.com — has been developed with the support of Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.
This easy-to-navigate website is available in three languages — English, Portuguese and Spanish — and is designed for poultry veterinarians and specialists worldwide. It provides information about the pathogenesis, microbiology, epidemiology and clinical signs of IB and provides a platform for peer-reviewed articles and current IB news items.
Viewers will also find articles about important IB variants that have emerged around the globe and explanations of IB Protectotypes — the IB serotypes that have an ability to cross-protect against other IB serotypes.
The “Control” section of the IB website includes information about live- and inactive-IB vaccines, application methods, vaccination programs and biosecurity. There is also a page devoted to common questions and answers about IB vaccination, and a “Publications” page with links to key IB studies.
On the “About us” page of the website, registered users can ask experts at Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health questions about IB.
The site reviewers are IB experts Jane Cook, BSc, PhD, an editor for the journal Avian Pathology and a consultant, and Mark Jackwood, PhD, a molecular virologist at the Poultry Diagnostic Research Center, University of Georgia, USA. Both have conducted extensive IB research and contributed information to the website.