Avian Encephalomyelitis in laying hens experiences a temporary drop in egg production about 5-10% and last for 5-14 days, with return to full potential production at the end of this period. There is no loss of egg shell quality.
- Causing Agents
- Viral disease. Virus (Picornaviriade family). It has been tentatively placed in the genus Hepatovirus. (Year 2000).
- Affected Systems/Organs
- Reproductive System
- Via the oral infection route. Contaminated feaces, environment, feed, water and equipment
- Mainly Affects
- Egg production
- Vaccination Programs, Good Hygiene and Biosecurity practices.
- Suggested Actions
- Can be confirmed with clinical signs and gross lesions
- Can be managed with vaccination programs
- Diagnosis should be confirmed with rapid assays and/or a certified laboratory
- Veterinary intervention is recommended
Impact on Egg quality
Impact on Liveability
Impact on Production
Overall Economic Impact
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