Cancer-causing poultry virus reported in Egypt’s Delta

CAIRO: Cases of leukosis virus, which can cause cancer in chickens, were reported in Delta’s Sharqia and Dakahlia governorates two days ago, state-owned news agency MENA reported.

Head of the Veterinary Medicine office in Sharqia  Ashraf Tawfiq said that the infected chickens were reported in 10 farms, adding that an committee of 200 veterinarians was immediately formed to inspect a total of 3,700 farms across the governorate.

Tawfiq added that medical tests showed that the results of only two out of 10 farms were positive, continuing that the two farms were closed until being disinfected.

In Dakahlia, thousands of chickens died from the virus while samples taken from chicks confirmed the infection, al-Ahram newspaper reported a report issued from Research and Animal Health Body Wednesday.

A number of farms owners in the governorate filed a complaint against a businessman who is accused of providing the farmers with infected chicks, said their lawyer Ayman Adly, noting that more than 36, 000 chickens died.

Chairperson of the Poultry Division of Cairo Chamber of Commerce Abdel Aziz al-Sayyed told Youm7 that the main reasons of virus spread is importing cargos of infected chicken.

The first reported case of the virus was in China in 1988, according to the U.S. National Institute of Health. “It represents a potential threat for humans who receive vaccines that are produced in chicken embryonic fibroblasts or embryonated eggs (e.g., yellow fever vaccine and measles and mumps vaccine),” the institute said.

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