Avian Influenza Low Pathogenic (LPAI) Moderately Virulent of any H 1-16 or N 1-9 subtype in Laying Hens
Happenings / Clinical Signs
Clinical signs reflect abnormalities in the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive organs
High morbidity and low mortality rates are typical for Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza Virus
- Egg production declines rapidly
- Low mortality or increases gradually
- low mortality rates are typical for Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza Virus
- Mortality rates are usually less than 5% unless accompanied by secondary pathogens
- Good body fleshing condition
- Emaciation has been reported but is infrequent because Avian Influenza is an acute, not a chronic disease
Visibly sick birds Pattern
- Many visibly sick birds
- Increased broodiness
Flock behaviour activity change
- Decreased flock mobility or activity
- Occasionally diarrhoea
- Respiratory signs spread fast
- Mild to severe respiratory signs
- Mucous-to-mucopurulent nasal discharge
- Excessive lacrimation
- The infraorbital sinuses may be swollen
- Mucous-to-mucopurulent nasal discharge
- Ruffled feathers
Feed Consumption Changes
- Feed intake reduced
- Decrease water consumption
- The last few eggs laid will have reduction in calcium deposition within the eggshells
- Eggs may be misshapen
- Pale or loss of colour in brown-shelled eggs
- Thin-shelled and soft-shelled or porous eggs (fragile)
The moderately virulent clinical group results from infection by Low Pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) virus of any HA or NA subtype, but also with co-infection by secondary pathogens. The mortality rates are usually less than 5% unless accompanied by secondary pathogens as well as in reproductively active hens, or severely stressed birds. Clinical signs reflect abnormalities in the respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive organs. The most frequent signs represent infection of the respiratory tract and include mild to severe respiratory signs such as coughing, sneezing, rales, rattles, and excessive lacrimation. Egg production is decreased and increased broodiness. The generalized clinical signs including huddling, ruffled feathers, depression, decreased activity, lethargy, decreased feed and water consumption, and occasionally diarrhea. The last few eggs laid will have reduction in calcium deposition within the eggshells. Resulting eggs may be misshapen and fragile with loss in pigmentation.
High morbidity (percentage of sick birds) and low mortality are typical. Mortality rates are usually less than 5% unless accompanied by secondary pathogens such as Pasteurella multocida or Escherichia coli.
- Causing Agents
- Viral infection. Avian Influenza (AI) virus, family Orthomyxoviridae, genus Influenzavirus A. LPAI ("low pathogenic avian Influenza")
- Affected Systems/Organs
- Respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive organs
- Bird to bird, contaminated water and objects from infected birds. The virus is transmitted by direct contact between infected and susceptible birds or indirect contact through aerosol droplets or exposure to virus-contanminated fomites. The virus is excreted from the nares, mouth, conjunctiva, and cloaca of infected bird into the environment because the virus replication in the respiratory, intestinal, renal, and/or reproductive organs.
- Mainly Affects
- Liveability and egg production
- Biosecurity and hygiene programs and an 'All-in/All-out' approach to production. Vaccination with Inactivated H5 and H7 vaccine and a fowl pox-AI hemagglutinin (H5) recombinant vaccine (rFP-AI-H5).
- 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
- This is a notifiable disease, veterinary intervention is essential. It is advisable that you run DTECT again to ensure you have answered all the questions correctly. If you suspect that you may have this disease please contact your local authorities immediately.
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