Colibacillosis: infectious digestive disease

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Colibacillosis is enteritis linked to the abnormal proliferation of Escherichia Coli bacteria. It occurs following a drop in immune defenses (stressed, sick bird, etc.), a strong or prolonged administration of certain antibiotics or in poor hygienic conditions.

Symptoms
The main symptom is severe diarrhea, but the disease can also affect the respiratory tract or lead to sepsis which can quickly lead to death. It also causes mortality of embryos and young chicks.
The diagnosis is made by culture but the interpretation is difficult due to the normal presence of the bacteria in small quantities in the digestive tract.

Treatment
Your veterinarian will usually prescribe antibiotics and vitamin support.
Hospitalization and rehydration may be necessary in severe cases.

Prevention
Good hygiene of premises and birds (deworming, no food deficiency, etc.) is the best prevention against this disease.

Doctor Véronique Mentré
Veterinary
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