All Cooped Up: Aspergillosis

All Cooped Up: Aspergillosis
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes The Facts:   What is it? A respiratory disease caused by mold spores.   Causative Agent: Most often the mold species Aspergillus fumigatus, but can be caused by other molds as well.   Incubation period: 2-5 days  Disease duration: Usually acute, but can become chronic  Morbidity: Noncontagious, though birds in the same living condition will also be at risk.   Mortality: High  Signs: Difficulty breathing, fever, lack of appetite, weight loss, and listlessness.    Diagnosis: Through clinical presentation and gross lesions mainly, but a histological examination of fungal elements observed in the lungs and air sacs is more definitive. Treatment: None  Download and Print the Aspergillosis Flock Files HERE The Scoop:  Aspergillosis, also known as mycotic pneumonia, is a fungal disease resulting from the inhalation of mold spores. This disease can affect most animals, including humans. Spores are inhaled from contaminated bedding, feed, dust, or even air ducts and hatching equipment. Once inhaled, the mold aggressively attacks

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