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Turkey Coryza

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By Paul McMullin
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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.
  • Conjunctivitis.
  • Snick.
  • Dyspnoea.

Post-mortem lesions

  • 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.

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