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Prompt treatment with antibiotics to which the bacteria is sensitive may not save the seriously sick birds but may save the mildly affected and those still incubating the disease.PREVENTED THROUGH VACCINATIONIt is likely that Charlie's birds were suffering from fowl cholera because none died after treatment with antibiotics.
Fowl cholera (FC) is one of the most important contagious world-wide diseases adversely threatens poultry production (OIE, 2008 and Xiao et al., 2015).
Industry-insiders say that vector-borne diseases and cases of low-pathogenic avian flu, fowl cholera, Newcastle disease, heat stroke and gumboro (infectious bursal disease) are promoted by higher temperatures in sub-tropical Bangladesh.
Fowl cholera is a disease caused by A serotype, hemorrhagic septicaemia is caused by B and E serotypes in cattle.
The occurrence of P multocida in other species has also been reported, such as pasteurellosis ('snuffles') in rabbits, fowl cholera in poultry, hemorrhagic septicemia in ruminants and animal scratches and bites in humans (ARUMUGAM et al., 2011; ASHRAF et al., 2011; LOPEZ et al., 2013; WILSON & HO, 2013 RAVAL et al., 2014).
The clinical signs and course of disease on this farm are most consistent with fowl cholera caused by P multocida.