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Thursday 17th September 2015.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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Disease Discussions a Highlight at WVPAC 2015

This week, we have continued to report on the World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress (WVPAC 2015), which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, last week.

Glenneis Kriel was there reporting for ThePoultrySite.

Various diseases were discussed at the Congress, including infectious bronchitis, which was covered in a talk by specialist Dr Jane Cook.

While the disease used to be associated with respiratory symptoms, decreased egg production and poor egg quality, some of the newer strains are also nephropathogenic, causing intestinal nephritis, she said.

Dr Cook warned delegates that new variants of the disease will continue to arise, because of the nature of the virus. It has a very high mutation rate.

The type of pathology caused by these variants will differ, as well as the severity of the disease and its geological spread.

Dr Cook said that one of the problems with these new strains is that they occur in well-vaccinated flocks. This might be because of vaccination biosecurity problems, but also because the vaccinations are not working against these diseases – read more.

At a Congress symposium on avian influenza run by Ceva, representatives from Europe, the US and China told delegates that quick action and good biosecurity measures are the key to control of the disease.

Dr Andre Steentjies, from the Netherlands, discussed the biosecurity measures introduced there after the severe outbreaks in 2003, which resulted in the culling of 30 million birds.

Dr Mark Davidson from the US told delegates about the five step plan to be used in the event of any future avian flu outbreaks, and Professor Liu Xiufan from China discussed the influence of live poultry markets on the virus – read more.

Whilst avian influenza is currently a big concern in the United States, Europe and China, South Africa is struggling to get a grip on Newcastle disease.

Symptoms depend on the affected area, with mortalities varying from marginal to 90 per cent depending on the severity of the virus, Prof Celia Abolnik, from the Faculty of Veterinary Studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, told Congress delegates.

While the disease is highly contagious, Prof Abolnik believes that South Africa could move to a complete disease-free status by improving biosecurity.

She said that the spent hen industry, which is quite big in South Africa, is especially a problem: “Cull buyers buy up to a thousand chickens from a farm at a time. These chickens are often taken to a central depot where birds from other farms are mixed.

"From there they are sold to hawkers or other individuals, who usually sell the birds live for the pot in other areas.”

Prof Abolnik added that while the government had regulations in place to deal with Newcastle Disease, it would have to become tougher on animal movement to reduce risks – read more.

~ Alice

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SA Agrees to Resume US Poultry Imports by End of 2015
WVPAC 2015: Spent Hen Industry Regulation Needed to Prevent Newcastle Disease
WVPAC 2015: Countries Worldwide Share Experiences of Avian Influenza
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