2019 Volume 81 Issue 11 Pages 1597-1600
Avian influenza (AI) is a disease caused by influenza viruses type A that belong to the Orthomyxoviridae family. AI induces high economic losses in poultry production worldwide. Due to a possible outbreak, a national surveillance program was needed. From April to July 2016, 152 industrial poultry farms were randomly sampled. All samples were analyzed by competitive ELISA for Influenza type A viruses. Suspicious and positive sera were further analyzed by Hemagglutination Inhibition (HI) in order to serotype H5 or H7 low pathogenic avian influenza virus (LPAIV). The farms sampled showed 94.08%, 3.95% and 1.97% of negative, positive and suspicious results, respectively. However, serotyping revealed all positive and suspicious samples were negative to H5/H7 LPAIV. Our results show the absence of AI in the mainland Ecuadorian industrial poultry production.