The U.S. government says the numbers of the two biggest chicken diseases in the country are down, but it’s unclear if it’s due to the increased number of eggs produced or to improved methods of keeping chickens healthy.
The Department of Agriculture says the two chicken diseases, Huber’s disease and Bordetella pertussis, are no longer prevalent in the United States.
It says that’s thanks to improved treatment, vaccines and better sanitation practices.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that since 2016, about 2.7 million chickens in the U., Canada and Mexico have been vaccinated against Huber, Bordetellae, and the Bordetomercuriales disease.
That means that less than 1,500 new cases of Huber and 1,300 new cases are reported annually.CDC says the rate of new cases in the last four years is down from the high of 10,000 cases in 2015 and 2016 to less than 10,500 cases in 2017.CDC is also monitoring the growth of the Bordetracoma virus in the flock, which the agency says has decreased in size, number and frequency of its outbreaks.
But the number of cases of Bordetelitis, the most common chicken disease, is still up, from 582 in 2015 to 721 in 2017, the agency said.
Bordetella is a highly contagious, often fatal bacterial disease that affects the brains of birds.
It’s also found in ducks, geese and turkeys, and is transmitted by direct contact with infected eggs or feces.
The CDC says the most recent figures on Bordetllosis and Bordetracycline were not available from the CDC, but the agency is continuing to monitor the outbreak and is encouraging the public to report any new cases to the agency.CDC said the overall number of reported cases of both Huber disease and B.P.T. have been declining since 2016.
Huber disease cases decreased from more than 10 million in 2015, to fewer than 2,000 in 2017 and about 1,400 in 2018, according to data from the Centers for Diseases Control and Control.
The CDC said it is encouraging people to report their new cases and report to the CDC if they believe they have an illness.
P, meanwhile, has decreased from about 3,500 in 2015 with more than 5,000 confirmed cases to about 2,500 with fewer than 400 confirmed cases.