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Streptococcus bovis Septicaemia
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An infection of ducks with the bacterium Streptococcus bovis. This condition is a cause of sudden deaths in ducklings of 2-3 weeks of age.
- Sudden deaths.
- Leg weakness or incoordination in a few birds. Affected well-grown birds may appear to have died from smothering.
- Beak cyanosis.
- Lung congestion and oedema.
- Liver congestion.
- Splenic hyperplasia.
History, lesions, isolation. Sodium deficiency can appear very similar at about the same age - affected birds respond well to saline injection and will actively seek out salt scattered in the litter.
Good husbandry and hygiene, extra care in the immediate post-brooding period.