More Info (Fact
ILT in Poultry
Agri-Food Surveillance Systems Branch of (AAFRD)
Biosecurity essential to control ILT
Biosecurity is essential to control diseases such as
Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT). The
essential elements of biosecurity include the following:
- Do not allow other people to enter your barns. This element is
critical if these people are in contact with other poultry, especially
fancy or hobby flocks.
- If people must enter your barns, they should use boots and coveralls
that you provide or be able to assure you that they have not been on
another poultry farm that day.
- Use a boot dip to help control disease, and change the dip frequently
- Do not visit other poultry operations unless necessary. Wash and
disinfect your boots and clothing before using them in your own barns
after you return.
- Limit vehicle traffic on your farm site to reduce the chances for
contamination that you may track into your barns.
- Do not allow animals access to your barns.
- Store all dead carcasses in a closed container to prevent scavengers
from dragging them around and spreading viruses or bacteria.
- Do not have fancy birds and commercial poultry on the same farm.
Employees of commercial farms should not have fancy flocks on their own
- Perform thorough cleanout and disinfection between flocks. The ILT
virus can survive for a long time in a carcass, especially if the carcass
is frozen. The virus dies quickly when exposed to sunlight or