Epidemic of infectious laryngotracheitis in Italy: characterization of virus isolates by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism and sequence analysis.

@article{Moreno2010EpidemicOI,
  title={Epidemic of infectious laryngotracheitis in Italy: characterization of virus isolates by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism and sequence analysis.},
  author={Ana Moreno and Alessandra Piccirillo and Alessandra Mondin and Emilio Morandini and Luigi Gavazzi and Paolo Cordioli},
  journal={Avian diseases},
  year={2010},
  volume={54 4},
  pages={1172-7}
}
Between May 2007 and October 2008, 34 outbreaks of mild to moderate forms of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) occurred in commercial broiler flocks in Italy. Affected birds showed watery eyes, conjunctivitis, nasal discharge, reduction of feed and water consumption, and gasping with expectoration of blood-stained mucus. The mortality rate was < 10%. Gross lesions consisted of conjunctivitis, excess of mucus, blood, or presence of diphtheritic membranes in trachea. A real-time PCR assay was… CONTINUE READING