Field outbreaks of infectious laryngotracheitis in commercial chicken flocks in England and Wales between 1985 and 1988 were investigated. Material from 49 outbreaks was submitted to Liverpool University, and virus was isolated from 17 of them. The results of a questionnaire on each outbreak are described. Generally, the disease was of moderate severity, and mainly affected laying flocks; it occurred in birds of a wide age range but most of the outbreaks were in birds between 10 and 20 weeks of age. The disease was not seen more frequently at any particular time of the year, and there was no evidence of a common source of infection. Three of the affected flocks had recently been moved and were beginning to lay; these stresses may have caused the re-excretion of latent virus.
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