September 3, 2015


MSD Animal Health to present data on poultry respiratory disease at veterinary congress



MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the US and Canada) announced that it will be a Diamond Sponsor of the 19th World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress (WVPAC), taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from September 7-11.


As well as presenting data on new vaccines (NOBILIS® Primo QX and INNOVAX® range of products), the company will hold a satellite symposium at the Congress focusing on the control of poultry respiratory disease.


"MSD Animal Health is committed to improving the health and performance of poultry," said William Vaughn, the global marketing director for the company. "Respiratory disease is a significant concern for the poultry industry, so we are pleased to take part in the World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress and provide producers with important information that can help them to protect their flocks."


In addition to more than 10 presentations, MSD Animal Health will highlight important data related to INNOVAX®-ND-ILT, a vector vaccine for protecting poultry against infectious laryngotracheitis, as well as Newcastle disease (ND) and Marek's disease. These data include:


-         Recombinant vaccine effectiveness against ND problems in layers in highly ND challenged area (presented by Husam Bakri, MSD Animal Health Scientific Affairs; September 9, 2016, 14:00-14:15 ; Meeting Room 1.6)

-         Double recombinant HVT-based vaccine for simultaneous protection against Newcastle disease, Marek's disease and infectious laryngotracheitis (presented by Dr. Ian Tarpey, MSD Animal Health, Biology & Discovery; September 9, 2016, 16:30-16:45; Meeting Room 1.6)


At WVPAC, MSD Animal Health will also convene six of the world's top experts on the subject for a symposium on poultry respiratory disease control, with discussion being driven by live questions from attendees.


The symposium will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on September 9.


Expert panelists at the symposium will include Dr. Jane Cook, researcher of Institute for Animal Health, Houghton Laboratory; Dr. Richard Currie, president of x-OvO Limited; Dr. Sjaak de Wit, senior scientist of GD Animal Health Service; Dr. Mark Jackwood, department head of Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia; Dr. Ian Tarpey, head of Global Poultry R&D and Global Discovery & Technology, MSD Animal Health; and Dr. Guillermo Zavala, founder of Avian Health International.


To help more producers improve flock performance, a limited number of Congress attendees will also be invited to "Step Up to Solutions" where they can have one-on-one discussions with experts in the poultry industry.

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