Poultry Farmers Set to Benefit from Bronchitis Survey

EU - A major European animal drug company has launched a new quarterly survey of infectious bronchitis strains across Europe, with the aim of helping producers plan for any increases in risk.
calendar icon 20 February 2008
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Fort Dodge's first survey, which was carried out by Liverpool University, has revealed a variety of strains with distinct differences between countries.

For example, the most common strain detected between 2002 and 2004 was Italy-02 which is particularly dominant in the UK, France and Spain. Since 2004, the emergence of a novel strain, QX-like (L1148/D388), has been noted. It was most common in Germany/Benelux in 2004 and in France from 2006.

One concern raised by the results is a re-emergence of the D1466 strain seen layers and breeders across Europe. This re-emergence is worrying because it is different from other strains and existing live vaccines do not offer protection.

Source: FarmersWeeklyInteractive
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