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Abstract

Pasteurellosis in Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) caused by Pasteurella multocida multocida A:4.

Abstract

From 1999 to 2002, eleven episodic outbreaks of pasteurellosis occurred in Nigeria involving flocks of ∼7000-10 000 Japanese quails. The farm suffered significantly high mortalities where 250-500 quails of at least 4 weeks of age died in each outbreak. Majority of the birds were usually found dead with good body condition and no premonitory clinical signs. The isolates from the outbreaks were identified as P. multocida multocida serotype A:4. Mortalities were stopped by a treatment containing oxytetracycline, neomycin and chloramphenicol (Neocloxin, 100 g/100 l of drinking water) given for five days. The disease recurred 10 times on the same farm.