A story about prompt intervention of ViParc Project Vets
On 29th August 2018, the owner of a small-holder farm whose flock had been enrolled as part of the intervention arm in the ViParc project called his Project Vet after discovering that about 20 of his 200 four-week-old chicks began to show symptoms of serious disease. The symptoms included ruffled feathers, and a droopy appearance. However, at that time the Project Vet was attending a training course. She (the Project Vet) advised the farmer to bring a diseased bird to the local veterinary shop for advice on how to diagnose and treat the flock. After conducting a post-mortem, the flock owner prescribed some drugs including a sachet containing an antibiotic mix containing ampicillin and colistin. After returning to his home, the farmer immediately mixed the drug with the water and gave it to his flock. Early morning on the following day, he visited flock and found 9 birds had died. Urgently, the farmer called again PV and announce the farming problem. The Project Vet was still in training course, so she asked a colleague (another Project Vet) to visit the farm on that day. By then chicks continued to die, and around 20% flock showed obvious symptoms. The Project Vet performed a necropsy of two sick chickens at farm and diagnosed the disease occurring in birds as Gumboro, then he prescribed Anti-Gum (a drug specific to combat that disease) for treatment the flocks, and brought 3 sick chickens to the Laboratory at SDAH-DT for molecular diagnostic test as well as submitted samples to OUCRU for bacteriological tests. Next 2 days, on 31st August, result from the laboratory at SDAH-DT also confirmed that the disease was Gumboro. The ViParc Project Vets had prompted intervened to resolve the disease problem at the farm, minimizing mortality rate and helping farmer remain the bird heads. At the moment, the flock of 179 birds at farm are looking healthy.