by Rick van Oort, Christophe Cazaban and Yannick Gardin,
Ceva Santé Animale (Ceva)
One of the major contributors to controlling Gumboro disease is vaccination. Vaccines to control the clinical signs of Gumboro have been used successfully since the initial outbreak of Gumboro disease in the 1960s'.
As the Gumboro virus is a very persistent virus and can easily survive in the environment, complete Gumboro control is only possible with a strong focus on cleaning and disinfection, in addition to a solid breeder vaccination program to provide high and prolonged Maternally Derived Antibodies (MDA) in order to prevent early infection of the field Gumboro virus. Also, an efficacious and well applied Gumboro vaccine in offspring (broilers or layers) is essential.