IEC publishes new biosecurity checklist
By International Egg CommissionFeatures Health Layers Biosecurity
Resource developed by avian influenza expert group.
The International Egg Commission (IEC) Avian Influenza Global Expert Group has developed a comprehensive new resource to promote biosecurity.
IEC established the group, made up of leading scientists, vets and industry experts, in 2015 to develop practical solutions to combat avian influenza (AI).
For instance, it identified that improving biosecurity is the single most important step in protecting businesses from a wide variety of diseases, including AI.
Based on these findings, it developed a comprehensive practical biosecurity checklist that is now freely available for the egg industry to download.
The document offers practical guidelines to egg farmers and producer businesses to help reduce the risk of infection on their farms and operational facilities.
Critical guidelines featured within the checklist include:
- Preventing chickens having contact with rodents and wild birds
- Controlling the movement of vehicles and people
- Consistent use of dedicated, protective clothing and footwear for anyone that has access to chickens
The AI Expert Group will next release a paper on AI vaccinations, providing an evaluation of the advantages and constraints of such programs.
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