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Fowl Cholera (FC)

A highly contagious disease found in a variety of fowl caused by Types 1, 3, 4, and 3X4

Fowl cholera commonly infects older birds in cold and wet weather (fall, winter). This disease is also known as avian cholera.

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  • Birds with fowl cholera will often exhibit some of these symptoms: greenish diarrhea; purple comb and (possibly swollen ) wattle; ruffled feathers; loss of appetite; coughing; nasal; ocular and oral discharge; swollen joints; and lameness.

  • Improved sanitation in and around facilities—as well as the use of bacterins—may help reduce the chances of infection.

  • Fowl cholera can be treated with a variety of drugs including ulphonamides, tetracyclines, erythromycin, streptomycin and penicillin. The disease often recurs after medication has stopped, so follow-up may be necessary.