Lohmann’s vaccine to reduce Salmonella

31-03-2009 | |

Lohmann Animal Health says its AviPro® MEGAN®VAC 1 aids in the reduction of Salmonella Typhimurium, Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Heidelberg in the organs of young growing chickens and as an aid in the reduction of S. enteritidis colonization of the crop and digestive tract, including the ceca.

AviPro® MEGAN®VAC 1 is a modified live Salmonella Typhimurium vaccine administered to young poultry to stimulate the bird’s natural defence systems to prevent Salmonella colonisation of internal organs and transmission of Salmonella to offspring.

Vaccination takes place in the hatchery on the day of hatch and at 2-weeks of age for broilers, layers and breeders. Coarse spray and drinking water vaccination are easy, well-established, cost-effective methods, and provide excellent coverage to the whole flock.

“Whether you raise broilers, layers or breeders, the bar is raised for improving the safety of our food supply by reducing the threat of Salmonella,” says Lohmann Animal Health President & CEO Dave Zacek. “The ease of mixing and applying AviPro® MEGAN®VAC 1 by coarse spray and in the drinking water means less labour and man hours to vaccinate large numbers of birds.”

Safety studies with hatchlings show that an increased titer of AviPro® MEGAN®VAC 1 does not cause any adverse reactions. With two stable genetic modifications, the result is a vaccine that induces a strong immune response against S. Typhimurium, S. Enteritidis and S. Heidelberg in vaccinated birds.

Vaccine available in 5,000 and 10,000 dose sizes.

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Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist