Poultry Diseases and Resources
Poultry meat represents almost one-third of meat produced and consumed globally. In addition, egg production, on a weight basis, is almost 80% that of poultry meat production. Poultry meat and egg production have increased considerably worldwide since 1970. As the human population grows to an estimated 9 billion people in the next 40 years, poultry will likely serve as a high quality protein source. Chicken meat is relatively low priced and the chickens can be easily raised in backyard or intensive production systems. The diseases listed here are some of most important transboundary animal diseases that affect poultry. Some of these are zoonotic.