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  • Writer's pictureMark Beaven

Safeguarding Poultry Health: The Imperative of Strict Biosecurity in the Face of Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT)

In recent times, the poultry industry has faced a growing concern with the resurgence of Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT), a highly contagious respiratory disease affecting chickens. As poultry farmers in Ontario grapple with recent positive cases, the spotlight has once again shifted towards the critical role of biosecurity measures in preventing and controlling the spread of ILT. This blog explores the significance of strict biosecurity protocols and highlights the importance of cleaning and disinfecting in safeguarding poultry health.

Understanding Infectious Laryngotracheitis:

ILT is caused by a herpesvirus, specifically Gallid herpesvirus 1 (GaHV-1). The virus primarily affects the respiratory system of chickens, causing symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, and conjunctivitis. Severe cases may lead to increased mortality and reduced egg production, posing a significant threat to poultry flocks.

The Role of Biosecurity in Preventing ILT:

Biosecurity is the foundation of disease prevention in the poultry industry. Given ILT's highly contagious nature, implementing and enforcing stringent biosecurity measures is crucial to minimize the risk of introduction and transmission. Key components of a robust biosecurity plan include controlled access zones, proper sanitation, and strict hygiene protocols for both personnel and equipment.

Prevail™ Disinfectant and Cleaner

A Key Player in Biosecurity

One of the cornerstones of effective biosecurity is the use of reliable cleaning and disinfection agents. Prevail Cleaner and Disinfectant has emerged as a trusted solution in the poultry industry.

Prevail's unique blend of active ingredients ensures thorough cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, equipment, and facilities.

Recent ILT Cases in Ontario

The recent positive cases of ILT in Ontario underscore the urgency for heightened biosecurity measures. Poultry farmers must remain vigilant and proactive in implementing strict protocols to contain the spread of the virus. Learning from these cases, the industry can reinforce its commitment to biosecurity, emphasizing the importance of regular surveillance, quick detection, and swift response.

In the face of infectious diseases like ILT, strict biosecurity measures are non-negotiable for the poultry industry. The recent ILT cases in Ontario serve as a reminder of the constant threat these diseases pose to poultry flocks. By integrating robust biosecurity practices and incorporating effective solutions like Prevail Cleaner and Disinfectant, farmers can fortify their defenses against ILT and other contagious pathogens. As an industry, staying proactive and united in implementing biosecurity measures is essential to ensure the health and sustainability of poultry production.

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