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Research Rules Out Possible Kinky Back Prevention

27 October 2017

US - USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, in which researchers found that an antibody vaccine in broiler breeders failed to prevent kinky back in broilers.

The research is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.

A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, www.uspoultry.org.

The project summary is as follows.

Project #688: Efficacy of Breeder Hen Vaccination for Protecting Broilers from Enterococcal Spondylitis Caused by Enterococcus cecorum

(Dr Luke Borst, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.)

Dr Luke Borst and colleagues at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University recently completed a research project in which they developed an experimental vaccine to protect broilers against developing "kinky back".

Kinky back is a bacterial disease that affects the spinal column of broilers and causes paralysis. The vaccine was used in broiler breeder hens to induce maternal antibody levels needed to provide protection to broilers.

Although the vaccine induced antibody in the hens, the antibody failed to protect the broiler progeny of those hens against development of the disease.

For a detailed summary, click here.

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