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Bacterial secundary infections


Pathogens/Cause:
Bacteria, like streptococci (Streptococcus faecalis, Streptococcus gallinarum), staphylococci (Staphylococcus aureus).

Streptococcosis is an uncommon acute or chronic bacterial disease that can occur in pigeons. Contaminated feed or water and infected birds transmit the streptococci. The bacteria enter through body openings and breaks in the skin. Generally only a few birds in a flock become infected at any one time.

Staphylococcus organisms occur worldwide. They commonly reside on the skin and mucous membranes without causing infection. The potential for bacterial infection largely resides in the degree of resistance that the host is capable of mobilizing.

Symptoms of bacterial infections:
Salmonellosis-like symptoms. Diarrhoea, listlessness, paralysis, emaciation particularly in young pigeons. Abscess-like nodules in all organs, especially the intestine.

Recognition of the disease:
Bacterial examination of droppings and tissue.

Treatment:
See treatment plan "general bacterial infections".

Prevention:
Hygienic loft conditions. Observe general rules of prevention (e.g. disinfection by using desinfectans).


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