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Aspergillosis In Birds

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By EMN Updated: Sep 11, 2021 12:58 am
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Introduction:

A fungal infectious disease caused by Aspergillusfumigatus in which the typical sign is gasping for breath especially in young chicks.

Transmission:

Transmission is by inhalation of fungus spores from contaminated litter (e.g wood shavings , straw) or contaminated feed. Hatcheries may also contribute to infection of chicks.

Signs and Symptoms:

Infected Chickens are depressed and thirsty.

Gasping and rapid breathing can be observed. Mortality is variable, from 5 to 50%. Gross lesions involve the lungs and air sacs primarily. Yellow white pinhead size lesions can be found.

Prevention:

There is no specific treatment for infected birds. The best is to remove and destroy affected birds. Strict hygiene in breeder (hatching eggs) and hatchery management is necessary. Amphotericin B and Nystatin Have been used in high value value-birds.

Thujota Nienu

(BVSC and AH-3rd year)

thujotanienu123@gmail.com

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By EMN Updated: Sep 11, 2021 12:58:20 am