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A condition of turkeys possibly associated with Bordetella avium (previously designated Alkaligenes faecalis) infections. This bacterium usually causes mild respiratory disease in only a proportion of the flocks, and low mortality. It can be synergistic with other respiratory pathogens such as Ornithobacterium, Pasteurella spp, Mycoplasma spp. and pneumoviruses.
- Decreased appetite, weight gain and feed efficiency.
- Loss of voice.
- Ocular and nasal discharge.
- Excessive mucus in nasal passages and trachea.
- If there is secondary E. coli infection then pneumonia, airsacculitis and perihepatitis.
Clinical signs, isolation of agent.
Antibiotics are not very effective, control respiratory stressors, chlorination of drinking water.
All-in/all-out production. Good drinking water hygiene.