Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of KentuckySource: https://articles.extension.org/pages/68122/fowl-cholera-in-poultryFowl cholera is a bacterial infection caused by Pasteurella multocida. This infection is also referred to as avian pasteurellosis and avian hemorrhagic septicemia. All poultry species, including gamebirds and waterfowl, are susceptible to this type of bacteria. Domestic birds, including pets or birds at the zoo, and wild birds can be infected. Fowl cholera usually strikes birds older than six weeks of age.Infected birds are a major source of infection, spreading bacteria through secretions from the mouth, nose, and eyes that contaminate feed and water. This type of bacteria is not typically shed in fecal material. Wild birds, cats, and rodents can be carriers.
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