Submitted to: Merck Veterinary Manual
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: May 21, 2008
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Citation: Swayne, D.E. 2010. Avian influenza (fowl plague). In: Kahn, C.M., editor. Merck Veterinary Manual. 10th edition. Whitehouse, NJ: Merck and Co., Inc. p. 2498-2500. Technical Abstract: Avian influenza (AI) viruses infect domestic poultry and wild birds. In domestic poultry, AI viruses are typically of low pathogenicity (LP) causing subclinical infections, respiratory disease or drops in egg production. However, a few AI viruses cause severe systemic disease with high mortality; i.e. highly pathogenic (HP) AI. This book chapter provides general information for the veterinary practitioner on etiology, clinical signs, lesions, diagnosis, prevention and control of avian influenza in poultry.