Journal article

Induction of spotty liver disease in layer hens by infection with Campylobacter hepaticus

Thu Hao Van Thi, Eltaher Elshagmani, Mian-Chee Gor, Arif Anwar, Peter C Scott, Robert J Moore

VETERINARY MICROBIOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017

Abstract

Spotty liver disease (SLD) in chickens can present with variable impacts on mortality and production, ranging from sporadic mortalities of individual birds and no notable impact on production to severe reduction in egg output and increased mortality in layer flocks of greater than 1% per day. It was first described over 60 years ago and there have been sporadic reports of the disease throughout the intervening decades, particularly in the US, UK and Germany. Recently it has become of increasing concern as outbreaks of the disease have occurred more frequently, particularly in the Australian poultry industry. An understanding of the causes of the disease has proven elusive. However, recent st..

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