All Cooped Up: Coccidiosis

All Cooped Up: Coccidiosis
Add to Favorites All Cooped Up is a new feature, profiling poultry diseases and how to prevent/treat them, written as a collaboration between medical professional Lacey Hughett and University of Pennsylvania poultry specialist Dr. Sherrill Davison. The facts: What is it? A microscopic parasitic infection of the digestive tract.  Causative Agent: Multiple different protozoal species of the genus Eimeria.  Incubation period: Dependent on species, the amount of coccidial oocysts are ingested and the severity of the infection. Disease duration: Recovery can take two weeks or longer.  Morbidity: Can be very high, depending on the severity of the infection.  Signs: Blood or mucous in the droppings, diarrhea, weakness, listlessness, decreased food and water intake, pale comb and skin, weight loss, death.  Diagnosis: A fecal float test, or by scraping and testing the intestines of a deceased bird.  Treatment: Prevention is the best treatment, otherwise medications such as amprolium.  The scoop: Coccidiosis

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