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Related to histomoniasis: Blackhead disease, Histomonas meleagridis



[New Latin Histomonas, genus of zooflagellates (histo- + Greek monas, monad; see monad) + -iasis.]
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These studies confirm that histomoniasis is transmitted readily from directly exposed young turkeys to others in the absence of the cecal worm vector, and that this phenomenon can be reproduced in battery cages as an experimental model.
Blackhead, or histomoniasis, is caused by a microscopic parasite which attacks the birds' livers.
The aim of our investigation was to establish a conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a nested PCR, and a real-time PCR, and to examine their specificity and sensitivity in the diagnosis of histomoniasis.