Authors: Yannick Gardin, Vilmos Palya, Marcelo Paniago, Christophe Cazaban,
Branko Alva, Fernando Lozano, John El Attrache, Ceva Animal Health
Adaption by: Marco A. Elmer Lopes
Infectious Bursal (Gumboro) Disease (IBD) remains as one of the major threats for poultry producers worldwide, spread to almost all chicken-producing countries, and recognized worldwide as a significant problem for the poultry industry.
Its prevention is based on a combination of strict biosecurity procedures and vaccination.
Transmune is widely utilized in broilers and broiler breeders, helping the protection and prevention of Gumboro disease.
Soon after the first discovery of Gumboro disease it became clear that biosecurity and cleaning and disinfection
were not sufficient to control the disease, and vaccines were quickly developed and widely used.
These vaccines proved to be efficacious as the clinical signs of the disease disappeared.
Over the last 50 years the economic development in many countries has increased the number of birds placed per farm and had led to stricter biosecurity and surveillance programs.
Gumboro disease, despite the wide use of vaccines and increased biosecurity, is however still very much present and ranks among the top five diseases in almost all countries globally.
One of the reasons for this dominance is that the Gumboro disease virus is a very persistent virus surviving in poultry houses in the absence of chickens during downtime periods.