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How to improve coccidiosis diagnosis in broilers

16 Mar 2014

Coccidiosis is one of the commonest parasitic infections found on broiler units in the UK.

Diagnosis is traditionally made by postmortem examination, scoring the number of lesions caused by the three main species of Eimeria affecting the birds – Eimeria acervulina, Eimeria maxima and Eimeria tenella, using the Johnson and Reid system. But there are certain limitations to this scoring system, especially in relation to Eimeria maxima.

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