How Mycotoxins Aggravate Coccidiosis in Poultry

5 March 2017, at 12:00am

GLOBAL - Mycotoxins, even at low levels, can increase Eimeria infection and disease severity in poultry.

Coccidiosis is estimated to cost poultry industry US$3 billion annually, and is also a well-known predisposing factor for necrotic enteritis—widespread in broilers and responsible for losses of US$5-6 billion worldwide each year.

Mycotoxins in feeds, even at permitted levels, aggravate coccidiosis in poultry. They can facilitate Eimeria colonization in the gut, and poultry producers looking to reduce the impact of coccidiosis on their flocks would do well to monitor feed for contamination.