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ILT biosecurity advisory issued for eastern Ontario town

By Canadian Poultry magazine   

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ILT detected in small poultry flock in Township of Lanark Highlands.

The Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) has issued a biosecurity advisory for a 10km area in the Township of Lanark Highlands, Ont., due to an outbreak of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT). This advisory is expected to remain in place until early January 2024. It is important for individuals working with poultry or other avian species, as well as those traveling through the area, to take extra precautions and reinforce their biosecurity protocols.

The FBCC has received reports that ILT has been detected in poultry originating from a small flock within the affected area. ILT is a highly contagious respiratory virus that primarily affects chickens. It is crucial to be aware of the signs of this disease, which include increased mortality, noisy breathing, head-shaking, off feed, decreased egg production, inactivity, ruffled feathers, and conjunctivitis. If you notice any of these symptoms in your flock, it is recommended that you contact your veterinarian and board representative immediately.

In order to prevent the spread of ILT, it is important to take necessary precautions when working with poultry or other avian species. This includes practicing good biosecurity measures such as limiting contact with other flocks, disinfecting equipment and clothing, and monitoring the health of your birds regularly. By following these guidelines and staying informed about the situation, we can work together to minimize the impact of this disease on the poultry industry.


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