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1 December 2007 Effects of Increased Dosages of the Mycoplasma Gallisepticum Vaccine MYCOVAC-L® in Layer Chickens Subsequently Challenged with Virulent M. gallisepticum: Egg Production and Serologic Response
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Ten-week-old Hy-Line Commercial W-36 pullets were spray-vaccinated with MYCOVAC-L® at the manufacturer's recommended dosage (1×) or at 15 times that rate (15×). At 22 or 45 wk of age, subsets of 1×- and 15×-vaccinated pullets were challenged with the virulent Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) strain Rlow. Percent hen-day egg production was determined through week 55. Analyses for treatment effects on overall (22–56 wk) percent hen-day egg production revealed no significant differences between nonchallenged 1× and nonchallenged 15× MYCOVAC-L® treatments. Among 1× MYCOVAC-L®–vaccinated groups, Rlow challenge at 45 wk corresponded to significantly (P ≤ 0.01) lower overall egg production compared with the unchallenged 1×-vaccinated control (70.88% vs. 79.15%, respectively). Conversely, at the 15× MYCOVAC-L® dosage level, overall egg production was not significantly affected by virulent MG challenge at 45 wk compared with its unchallenged counterpart (84.09% vs. 81.03%, respectively) and could indicate increased protection from virulent MG challenge. Serologic monitoring indicated the virulent MG challenge was consistently (100%) associated with seroconversion. Comparisons among the nonchallenged experimental treatments indicated that vaccinations at the 15× MYCOVAC-L® dosage rate were associated with a greater seroconversion rate at weeks 21, 27, and 44, but not at week 50.

J. D. Evans, S. A. Leigh, S. L. Branton, and S. D. Collier "Effects of Increased Dosages of the Mycoplasma Gallisepticum Vaccine MYCOVAC-L® in Layer Chickens Subsequently Challenged with Virulent M. gallisepticum: Egg Production and Serologic Response," Avian Diseases 51(4), 912-917, (1 December 2007). https://doi.org/10.1637/7931-020807-REGR2.1
Received: 8 February 2007; Accepted: 1 June 2007; Published: 1 December 2007
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