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Infectious Diseases

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Intestinal Integrity

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Nutritional Health (related to Food Induced Immune Response (FIIR))

β-Mannans: the problem component in soybean meal.
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Productivity

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Worms (helminths)

Infectious Diseases

There are a number of infectious diseases which can affect poultry, impacting their health and performance. These diseases include:

  • Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD), (also known as Gumboro disease): This disease targets the birds' immune system leading to reduced response to vaccination against other pathogens and increased susceptibility to secondary infections. It is a major potential cause of economic loss to producers.
  • Salmonellosis: This disease has important implications for human health. Eggs sold in the UK must be certified as being free from Salmonella, under the Lion Code of Practice.
  • Chicken Anaemia Virus (CAV): This infection impairs poultry immune system functionality and red blood cell production. It can cause weakness and death, as well as being a significant source of economic loss to producers.

These diseases can be managed through the use of specific and targeted vaccination programs.