All Cooped Up: Fowl Cholera

All Cooped Up: Fowl Cholera
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 highly contagious bacterial disease.   Causative Agent: A gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria called Pasteurella multocida. Incubation period: 5-8 days.  Disease duration: Acute: A very short duration usually ending in death of the bird. Chronic: This is a lasting disease, affecting the bird for the rest of their life.  Morbidity: Can be very high, up to 100%. Mortality: Very high.  Signs: Acute: anorexia, depression, cyanosis, rough breath sounds, mucous discharge, and white or green diarrhea. Chronic: Joint, wattle, foot, or tendon swelling, wry neck, or fluid and pus in the eyes or sinuses. Post-mortem: There may be hemorrhages on the heart, serous membranes, abdominal fat, or gizzard.

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