Poultry Farmers Set to Benefit from Bronchitis Survey

by 5m Editor
20 February 2008, at 12:36pm

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.

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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