Beneficiary AI poultry disease discussion for State Vets  

There are 16 known Influenza A virus hemagglutinin (HA) subtypes (H1-H16) and nine neuraminidase (NA) subtypes (N1-N9).  Infection causes a wide spectrum of symptoms in birds, ranging from mild illness to a highly contagious and rapidly fatal diseases resulting in epidemics. The latter is known as highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). This form is characterised by sudden onset, severe illness and rapid death with mortality that can approach a 100%.

We the PDMA office, recently hosted a State Vets Poultry Mentorship follow discussion on the 11th October 2013. Many by now are aware that, the PDMA office hosts poultry diseases mentorship programmes training for state vets who are working and involved in poultry projects in their respective provinces, annually.  

Therefore, the focus of the discussion was the AI disease affecting the industry and state vets involved. A special thanks to our guest presenters/ speakers From GDARD (Dr. Deryn Petty), Avimune Company and Deltamune Laboratory.  

The case studies focused AI affecting a poultry breeder farm in South Africa.

Laying (Eggs)

How vets see or find AI in a period where is suspected.

What are the things they need to do, once it has been detected?

What need to be done first regarding any time-frame? e.g. considering the shedding period/expiring period.

What are other means of way to prevent diseases except for vaccination?

The SAPA PMDA had realised the importance of private and state vets (agriculture departments representatives) sharing knowledge. The office had demonstrated this by initiate in hosting training and mentorship programmes for State Veterinans focusing on poultry diseases affecting the industry. The (pdma) to realise the importance and act upon it, that great jester. 

We need to start developing more poultry disease experts.  Private and state vets of this country. As much as the disease is a threat to the industry. There will be no point of tackling or trying to solve the disease problem without a combination of state and private vets working together.