Reovirus in Poultry: Disease Update in Canada


The Poultry Industry Council (PIC) in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) invite you to tune in to our collaborative webinar session on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 from 10am-12pm EST to discuss the reovirus outbreak in poultry.

For the last couple of years and particularly the last half year, the Ontario poultry industry has been facing challenges regarding the increasing prevalence of reovirus-associated lameness impacting industry stakeholders across the province.

According to the Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) Third Quarterly Report; cases of reovirus-associated lameness has substantially increased on-farm culling, while in turn growing the quantity of birds unsuitable for loading. Flocks composed of non-domestic origin appear to be of higher risk for contracting this virus. Furthermore, prevalent strains in Ontario appear to be of low similarity to the vaccine virus strains, leaving producers with few preventative options.

During the webinar session on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 from 10am-12pm EST, with representation from the Industry Broiler Health (IBH) Working Group combatting this issue, producers will be provided with important disease updates, combative program implementation and the next steps to working toward a solution. The session will feature representation from feather boards affected by reovirus and give each group an opportunity to speak on the issue. The session will conclude with a technical update regarding reovirus in North America from a keynote speaker.

This session aims to be an opportunity for producers to ask questions, dispel myths and learn how to deal with reovirus-associated lameness issues in Ontario flocks so that moving forward we can deal with this issue together as a collaborative industry.

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