Enteritis by Shigella
When working in clinical veterinary, signs other than organic lesions should be taken into account. Relevant information may be obtained by observing and analysing the farm’s environment – odours, ammonia, humidity; by looking at bird’s behaviour and distribution along the coop; by the observation of its litter – humidity, feed waste and fresh stool appearance.
Some of the following features present in faeces can give relevant hints to the clinician:
- presence of undigested feed (grinding, enzyme deficiency)
- presence of blood (coccidia)
- presence of orange jelly (trichothecenes)
- foam (ascaris)
In the attached picture a stool related to Shigella-caused enteritis can be observed – it is liquid, gaseous, yellowy with mucous remnants – that should be found together with liver lesions – white spots – and analytical confirmation may be required.