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Principle #13 - Reporting of Elevated Morbidity and Mortality

By Abby Neu
Extension Educator, Poultry
neux0012@umn.edu | (320) 235 - 0726 x 2019
And Hannah Lochner
Extension Livestock Communications Assistant


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Understanding that elevated morbidity and mortality plays a major role in analyzing and addressing your flock’s health status may help reduce the magnitude of a possible disease outbreak. Expected and elevated mortality specific to your farm needs to be defined in your biosecurity plan. Supporting documentation for analyzing and monitoring mortality rates should be kept on record. Documentation could include evidence of investigations, tracking graphs, case reports, or mortality logs.

When the mortality rate meets the defined site-specific elevation, it should be reported to the people and entities identified within your biosecurity plan. The Biosecurity Coordinator should provide a written procedure for reporting elevated mortality and specify subsequent action needed to be taken in the farm-site biosecurity plan. Reporting authorities need to be identified by the Biosecurity Coordinator and specified in the biosecurity plan also. Reporting information such as contact information should be kept on-site and easily accessible to appropriate personnel. This accessibility can allow for immediate reporting if needed.

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