UK Poultry Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report: October - December 2009

Highlights of the latest quarterly report from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) include a further case of QX-like strain of infectious bronchitis virus as well as lead poisoning seen in ducks and chickens and ionophore toxicity was confirmed in turkeys.
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Quarterly Surveillance Report Poultry: Volume 13. No. 4
October to December 2009
Published February 2010


- Factors influencing disease and submission rates
- Avian notifiable diseases
- Farm visit investigations
- Food safety incidents
- Zoonoses

Cross-sector avian diseases
Endemic disease surveillance


  • Lead poisoning seen in ducks and chickens and ionophore toxicity confirmed in turkeys.
  • Further case of QX-like strain of Infectious Bronchitis virus demonstrated in a 200-bird hobby flock. There was no indication of nephritis which has been described in other cases of QX-like infection.
  • The wet weather conditions over the summer and autumn were favourable to the development of nematode parasite infection in game birds.
  • Avian paramyxovirus type 2 and Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale isolated from pheasants. This is the first time these two pathogens have been demonstrated together in game birds in Great Britain.
  • Report on spironucleosis in game birds in Great Britain 1996 to 2009.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.
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