Avian Metapneumovirus is diagnosed in poultry flocks in most countries.
The virus replicates in the respiratory tract and the reproductive tract. It initially causes respiratory disease in infected birds and may also cause drops in egg production in layers and breeders. Infection in turkeys is commonly referred to as “Turkey Rhinotracheitis” and in chickens aMPV infection is commonly associated with the condition known as “Swollen Head Syndrome” (SHS).
Control is by improved biosecurity and vaccination with live and inactivated vaccines.
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Avian metapneumovirus infections are responsible for production losses in chickens and turkeys of all ages.