Infectious Diseases 2008

Infectious Diseases 2008

EFSA identifies risk factors for Salmonella infections in turkey flocks in the EU

29 October, 2008

EFSA’s Task Force on Zoonoses Data Collection has today published an analysis of risk factors related to Salmonella in flocks of turkeys within the European Union (EU).
The report, entitled “Part B - Factors related to Salmonella prevalence in turkey flocks”, highlights how in the case of turkeys reared for human consumption, the so-called fattening turkeys, farms with a greater number of birds are at higher risk of Salmonella infection.

Free-range flocks, including organic turkeys are also more likely to become infected with Salmonella than flocks reared indoors. The raising of fattening flocks along with flocks kept for breeding purposes also increases the risk of infection. Moreover, infections in fattening flocks are most often observed between October and December, when production peaks in many countries. Vaccination proved to play a role in preventing Salmonella infections in the flocks.

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