Coccidiosis

Add to Favorites Coccidia are single-celled, obligate, spore-forming parasites that infect a wide variety of animals and are host specific. Nine known species affect chickens and seven affect turkeys, and disease severity depends on strain. The infective unit, called a sporulated oocyst, reproduces in the intestines. A single infective oocyst can create over 100,000 new oocysts. Lesions appear as oocysts destroy epithelial cells, leading to mucousy, bloody stools. Significant blood loss causes pale comb and skin. Flock Files are educational materials for you to Print, Save, and Share! CLICK HERE to get your pdf!

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