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ILT outbreak sparks biosecurity advisory in eastern Ontario town

By Canadian Poultry magazine   

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South Stormont on high alert as ILT outbreak triggers strict biosecurity measures until late February 2024.

The Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) has issued a critical Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT) biosecurity advisory for a 10 km radius in the Township of South Stormont in eastern Ontario. The precautionary measures are expected to remain in effect until late February 2024.

The FBCC was prompted to declare the advisory after receiving reports that poultry from a small flock tested positive for ILT, a highly contagious respiratory virus primarily affecting chickens. Farmers and residents within the specified area are urged to adhere to strict biosecurity protocols to prevent further spread.

Signs of ILT include increased mortality, noisy breathing, head-shaking, off feed, decreased egg production, inactivity, ruffled feathers, and conjunctivitis. In case of any such symptoms in poultry flocks, individuals are encouraged to promptly contact both their veterinarian and the relevant board representative.


Farmers are advised to refrain from any contact with non-commercial poultry and other birds, restricting farm visits to essential services only. Monitoring the movement of birds, people, and equipment onto and off premises is crucial, along with enforcing rigorous biosecurity practices. Extra precautions include minimizing visits to other poultry production sites, avoiding equipment exchange unless properly disinfected, and ensuring personnel wear clean boots, protective suits, head coverings, and gloves.

Small flock growers can find specific resources on biosecurity at

Given the ongoing prevalence of highly pathogenic avian influenza, poultry farms are reminded to maintain heightened biosecurity protocols. Service providers to poultry farmers in the affected area are advised to minimize travel and adhere to recommended biosecurity measures during essential visits.

For essential service visits to poultry premises, recommended measures include wearing clean boots, protective suits, hats, gloves, and handwashing. Deliveries or loading in the advisory area should be the last on the route, with thorough cleaning and disinfection of the vehicle’s undercarriage and steps before proceeding with any other deliveries or loading.

The FBCC emphasizes that any updates will be communicated through their official website, Stay informed and vigilant to prevent the further spread of ILT and safeguard poultry health in the region.

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