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Study Highlights Limited Poultry Diagnostic Services in Rural Algeria

09 July 2014

ALGERIA - A new study reveals that, in the absence of diagnostic test facilities and capabilities, poultry disease is eastern Algeria relies on post-mortem examination and the response to medication.

Disease diagnosis requires a background of current knowledge in the field and also complementary means in which the laboratory occupies the central place for a better investigation, report Khenenou Tarek from the University of Mouhamed Cherif Messaadia.

In a paper in International Journal of Poultry Science with co-authors at the University of Batna, they explain that a correct diagnosis allows to establish the most appropriate treatment as soon as possible and avoids both the economic losses associated with mortality and growth retardation often observed in poultry further more it may reduce the high cost of treatment.

Epidemiological surveys, haematology and histopathology are the basis of diagnosis for both human and veterinary pathology and the advanced methods used in human medicine could be exploited to for veterinary medicine with some modification, the researchers suggest.

Tarek and co-authors report that the diagnostic methods in the east of Algeria are limited to clinical signs and necropsy findings and so diagnosis is essentially based simply on the success or the failure of the therapeutic methods (therapeutic diagnosis).


Tarek K., M. Mohamed, Bennoune and A. Nezar. 2014. Diagnosis of avian pathology in the east of Algeria. International Journal of Poultry Science. 13(3):173-175.

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