Second case of chickens’ infectious bronchitis in Finland


<p>Infectious Bronchitis (IB) in chickens has been found on a non-professional chicken farm in the town of Virrat in western Finland. Two chickens with respiratory symptoms have died on the farm. The dead birds were sent to the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira for analysis, and the infection was confirmed.</p>

Evira made notification about the first case of IB infection, detected on a chicken farm in southern Finland, on 15 April 2011.

Poultry must not be taken to or from the infected farms
Restrictions remain in force until it can be made certain that the risk of the infection spreading further no longer exists. The Coronavirus causes IB, but the possible source of infection remains unknown. For the time being, the second case is not thought to be connected to the first IB case found last week, but investigation into the matter is still pending. Due to these two cases of IB, Evira has launched investigations into the possible occurrence of the infection on other poultry farms.

IB cannot affect humans
IB is a common disease, causing losses both in egg and chicken meat production worldwide. Internationally, vaccinations are in used to combat the disease. At present, IB is not an animal disease which is officially being combated in Finland, but it is classified as a contagious disease subject to immediate notification. If birds develop respiratory symptoms, lay fewer eggs than usual or if eggs are malformed, you must contact your municipal veterinarian immediately.

Further information:
Päivikki Perko-Mäkelä, Researcher, Production Animal and Wildlife Research Unit, Evira,
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Heli Kallio, Researcher, Production Animal and Wildlife Research Unit, Evira,
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Miia Kauremaa, Senior Inspector, Animal Health and Welfare Unit, Evira,
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Hannele Nauholz, health care veterinarian, The Association for Animal Disease Prevention ETT
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