UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report: July-September 2010

Infectious coryza in hobby flocks and European IBV QX in both commercial and hobby farms are among the highlights of the latest quarterly report from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA).
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Quarterly Surveillance Report Poultry: Volume 14. No. 3
July to September 2010
Published January 2011

- Introduction to GB report
- New & emerging diseases
- Ongoing new & emerging disease investigations
- Unusual diagnoses
- Changes in disease patterns, industry and risk factors


Submission trends

There has been an increase of nine per cent in the total number of diagnostic submissions received by the VLA and SAC compared with the same period of 2009, and a five per cent increase in the total number of poultry carcasses examined.

New and emerging diseases

Infectious coryza was confirmed by bacteriological and PCR testing in two separate hobby flocks in southern England. This is a well characterised respiratory disease seen in many other parts of the world, typically spread by poultry movements and suboptimal biosecurity.

Ongoing new and emerging disease investigations

Detections of the European IBV QX genotype in commercial and backyard/hobby poultry have continued.

Changes in patterns and industry

This quarter has seen sharp rises in feed prices for all poultry sectors. Free-range egg supply also outstripped market demand, lowering egg prices, as the national layer flock peaked at over 34 million birds. Therefore, all producers face increased pressure on already tight margins, and efficiency savings will be sought.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on the diseases mentioned in this article by clicking here.

January 2011
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