Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of KentuckySource: https://articles.extension.org/pages/68118/aspergillosis-in-poultryAspergillosis, also known as mycotic pneumonia and fungal pneumonia, is caused by mold (Aspergillus spp.). When the hatchery is the source of the disease, the illness is typically referred to as brooder pneumonia. All birds (domestic poultry, canaries, zoo birds, and so on), animals, humans, and plants can become ill from exposure to this mold.Infection typically results from contaminated litter or contamination in the hatchery. Chicks can become infected during hatching if they inhale spores from a contaminated hatching machine or contaminated litter. Older birds contract infection by inhaling spore-laden dusts from contaminated litter, feed, or dusty range areas.
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