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ILT biosecurity advisory issued for Ontario township

By Canadian Poultry magazine   

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Advisory expected to be in effect until late January 2024.

The Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) has issued a critical biosecurity advisory following the confirmation of Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) in poultry within a small flock.

The affected area encompasses a 10 km radius in the Township of Guelph Eramosa, Ont., and the advisory is expected to be in effect until late January 2024.

Farmers and individuals working with poultry or avian species, as well as those travelling through the designated area, are urged to reinforce their biosecurity protocols immediately.


ILT is a highly contagious respiratory disease primarily affecting chickens. Recognizable signs of infection include increased mortality, noisy breathing, head-shaking, off-feed behavior, decreased egg production, inactivity, ruffled feathers, and conjunctivitis. In the event of any health concerns or suspicions within a flock, individuals are advised to contact both their veterinarian and the respective board representative promptly.

To mitigate the spread of ILT, the FBCC recommends the following biosecurity measures for farmers and individuals in the affected region:

  1. Avoid contact with non-commercial poultry and other birds.
  2. Limit farm visitors to providers of critical services only.
  3. Monitor the movement of birds, people, and equipment onto and off the premises.
  4. Enforce strict biosecurity practices.
  5. Minimize visits to other poultry production sites.
  6. Avoid exchanging equipment with other poultry production sites, or ensure thorough washing and disinfection.
  7. Ensure all personnel in contact with birds or entering production sites wear clean boots, protective suits, head coverings, and gloves.
  8. Practice proper cleaning and disinfection, including handwashing, before and after visiting.
  9. Ensure adequate control of vermin and wild birds.

Small flock growers can find specific resources and guidance on

Additionally, given the prevalence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the environment, the FBCC emphasizes the need for heightened biosecurity protocols at all poultry farms.

Farmers and residents in the affected area are encouraged to stay informed and remain vigilant during this biosecurity advisory to prevent further spread of ILT.

For more information and updates, individuals are advised to contact the Feather Board Command Centre or visit their official website.

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