Canadian Poultry Magazine

Features Health Research
Researchers study effectiveness of heat treatment of poultry houses

Approach an alternative to post outbreak wet cleaning and disinfection but has limitations.

May 31, 2019
By Canadian Poultry magazine


Disinfection of contaminated poultry houses following an outbreak of avian influenza is difficult and expensive.

Recently, heat has been used to decontaminate facilities instead of chemical disinfectants.

Researchers at the University of Delaware, led by Dr. Eric Benson, have completed a research project in which they studied the effectiveness of heat treatment under field conditions.

They found that heat can be a very effective method for decontamination but has practical limitations during cold weather.

As little as four inches of litter can allow viruses and bacteria to survive heat treatment when treatment is done in a commercial facility during winter.

Click here to read the research summary.