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Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 8182160, 7 pages
Research Article

Outbreaks of Virulent Infectious Bursal Disease in Flocks of Battery Cage Brooding System of Commercial Chickens

1Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Ahmadu Bello University, P.M.B 1045, Zaria, Nigeria
2Deen Farm, Km 3.7, Kaduna International Airport Road, Kaduna, Nigeria
3Department of Agricultural Technology, Federal College of Horticultural Technology, P.M.B. 108, Dadin Kowa, Gombe, Nigeria
4Department of Veterinary Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, P.M.B 1045, Zaria, Nigeria

Received 27 April 2016; Revised 3 July 2016; Accepted 10 July 2016

Academic Editor: Vito Laudadio

Copyright © 2016 H. B. Aliyu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Clinical and pathological investigations were conducted on outbreaks of infectious bursal disease (IBD) in pullets under brooding using the battery cage system in a commercial poultry farm in Kaduna, Nigeria. Two consecutive outbreaks of IBD on the same farm were studied. The onset of the disease and morbidity and mortality rates were recorded. Postmortem examinations were conducted and gross lesions recorded. Tissues were collected and fixed in 10% buffered formalin and processed for histopathological examinations. In the first outbreak, 80 to 100% of the chicks were affected at the age of 4 to 5 weeks and mortality rate was 95.8% and lasted for 9 days. In the second outbreak, the mortality rate was 43.3% and it also lasted for 9 days. At the onset of the disease, the birds were also 4-week-old like in case 1. The disease was diagnosed based on clinical signs, pathology, and agar gel immunodiffusion test (AGID). Clinical signs, gross lesions, and histopathological findings were characteristic of virulent infectious bursal disease. After the first outbreak (case 1) the house was disinfected using polidine® (iodophor compound), V-ox® (inorganic peroxygen compounds), CID20® (quaternary ammonium chloride, aldehydes, and alcohol), terminator III® (phenols), and glutasan® (aldehyde and quaternary ammonium chloride). But they failed to eliminate the IBD virus from the poultry pen.