Outbreak of ILT sparks biosecurity advisory in eastern Ontario township
By Canadian Poultry magazineNews Disease watch
ILT outbreak prompts biosecurity alert in Montague Township.
In response to the detection of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) in poultry from a small flock, the Feather Board Command Centre (FBCC) has declared a biosecurity advisory for a 10 km radius in the Township of Montague in eastern Ontario. The advisory is expected to remain in effect until late February 2024.
The FBCC has been informed that poultry from a local flock has tested positive for ILT, a highly contagious respiratory virus predominantly affecting chickens. Farmers, poultry workers, and residents within the affected area are urged to heighten their biosecurity protocols when dealing with poultry or other avian species, as well as when traveling through the designated zone.
Signs of ILT include increased mortality, noisy breathing, head-shaking, reduced feed intake, decreased egg production, inactivity, ruffled feathers, and conjunctivitis. Farmers are advised to promptly contact both their veterinarian and board representative if any signs of health concerns are observed in their flocks.
The FBCC has issued a set of comprehensive biosecurity measures for farmers, emphasizing the importance of limiting contact with non-commercial poultry and other birds. These measures include restricting farm visitors to essential service providers, closely monitoring the movement of birds, people, and equipment on and off premises, and enforcing strict biosecurity practices. Personnel in contact with birds must wear clean boots, protective suits, head coverings, and gloves, ensuring thorough cleaning and disinfection before and after visits, including proper handwashing. Control of vermin and wild birds is also highlighted as crucial.
Small flock growers can access specific resources and guidance at SmallFlockOntario.ca.
Given the prevalent risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza, farmers are reminded to maintain heightened biosecurity protocols on all poultry farms. Service providers are urged to minimize travel within the affected area and adhere to recommended biosecurity measures, such as wearing clean boots, protective suits, hats, and gloves, with essential visits prioritized.
Updates regarding the ILT biosecurity advisory in Montague Township will be communicated through the FBCC website at fbcc.ca. The FBCC encourages stakeholders to stay informed and take necessary precautions to prevent the further spread of this contagious poultry disease.
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