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Birds for Clinical Evaluation

1. Submit 6 - 8 live birds showing clinical signs of the problem in a cardboard box large enough to allow movement and survival of the birds. Do not just send culls. Do not put all birds in one box when the age of the birds is beyond 3 weeks. Tape the bottom of the box and cut sufficient air holes throughout the box to prevent suffocation.

2. Also, submit 3 - 4 fresh dead birds in a separate box.

3. Using a black marker, label all boxes with the farm name and age of the birds.

4. Using black ink, completely fill out a postmortem submission form to assure proper testing, including three character grid number. The more information provided concerning the flock would give the lab better insight and direction in providing a diagnosis. Leave the completed form in the holding room in the wall-mounted receptacle provided and labeled "Completed Forms".

5. Results on postmortem examinations will be faxed to the company on the next working day. In the event results are needed sooner, please indicate on the submission form that you want results called to the company as soon as available.

If you suspect an emergency disease in the flock, notify lab personnel when you deliver the birds or prior to delivery so that the birds can be evaluated as soon as possible.

6. Follow up reports will be faxed as soon as test results are available. Bacteriology, serology, and PCR testing are performed in Georgetown and are usually complete within 7 days of postmortem examination. Histology testing and virus isolation is performed in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences laboratories located in Newark. Histology results are usually available in 2 weeks after postmortem, and virus isolations are usually available 3 - 4 weeks after postmortem. In the event of a suspected emergency disease, samples will be prioritized for quicker results.

7. Please check with your grow-out manager or technical service department concerning laboratory reports.

8. In the event that individual growers submit birds to the laboratory, test results will be sent to that grower as well as the poultry company owning the birds.

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