12 important points on poultry parasitic diseases

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12 important points on poultry parasitic diseases

 

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Below are 12 important points regarding parasitic diseases in poultry:

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1. **Coccidiosis**: Caused by protozoa of the genus Eimeria, it affects the intestinal tract, causing diarrhea, weight loss, and in severe cases, mortality.

 

2. **Gapeworm (Syngamiasis)**: Caused by Syngamus trachea, it affects the respiratory tract, leading to gasping, coughing, and respiratory distress.

 

3. **Roundworm (Ascaridiosis)**: Caused by Ascaridia galli, it affects the digestive tract, leading to poor growth, diarrhea, and digestive disturbances.

 

4. **Tapeworm (Cestodiasis)**: Caused by tapeworm species such as Raillietina spp., it can lead to weight loss, poor feed conversion, and sometimes intestinal obstruction.

 

5. **Capillariasis**: Caused by Capillaria spp., it affects the digestive tract, leading to diarrhea, poor growth, and sometimes intestinal inflammation.

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6. **Protozoan infections**: Besides coccidiosis, other protozoan parasites like Histomonas meleagridis (blackhead disease) and Trichomonas gallinae (trichomoniasis) can cause digestive and reproductive issues in poultry.

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7. **Northern Fowl Mite**: Ornithonyssus sylviarum is a common poultry mite that causes irritation, feather loss, anemia, and decreased egg production.

8. **Red Mite (Dermanyssus gallinae)**: Affects poultry at night, causing irritation, anemia, decreased egg production, and stress-related issues.

 

9. **Lice Infestation**: Several species of lice can infest poultry, leading to irritation, feather damage, and decreased productivity.

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10. **Fowl Chigger (Gamasid Mite)**: These mites can cause skin irritation, feather damage, and discomfort in poultry.

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11. **Eyeworm (Oxyspirura mansoni)**: Affects the eyes of poultry, leading to irritation, conjunctivitis, and in severe cases, blindness.

 

12. **Threadworm (Strongyloidiasis)**: Caused by Strongyloides spp., it affects the digestive tract, leading to diarrhea, weight loss, and poor growth.

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Implementing proper biosecurity measures, regular deworming, effective pest control, and hygiene practices are crucial in preventing and managing parasitic diseases in poultry.

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