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Pathology in Practice

Joel L. Cline DVM, MAM, DACPV1 and Susan B. Lockaby DVM, PhD, DACPV2
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  • 1 J. B. Taylor Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 495 State Rd 203, Elba, AL 36323.
  • | 2 Thompson Bishop Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory, PO Box 2209, Auburn, AL 36831.
History

In a flock of 27-day-old commercial broiler chickens in southeast Alabama, there was a noticeable increase in mortality rate in 1 of the 4 houses in which the birds resided. The field technician responsible for this flock reported that several birds in the affected house were small and listless and had ruffled feathers; some birds were recumbent and unable to rise. Of 37,300 birds originally placed in the affected house at 1 day after hatching, 194 had been found dead over a 3-day period (61, 76, and 57 deaths among the 24-, 25-, and 26-day-old birds, respectively). The expected

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Address correspondence to Dr. Cline (joel.cline@agi.alabama.gov).