Mycoplasmosis of poultry is a disease that occurs mainly in chickens and turkeys. It is not dangerous for humans.
Chickens and turkeys, chicken-like birds such as guinea fowl, pheasants etc., very rarely other birds such as sparrows etc.
Route of infection
Directly from animal to animal via latently infected and chronically sick animals, via infected eggs or day-old chicks and indirectly via e.g. persons, equipment, means of transport etc.
4-21 days, also up to 48 days (undetermined in the case of field infections)
Mycoplasma gallisepticum: chronic inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, eyelid skin and air sacs, poor laying performance, increased mortality, symptoms especially in combination with other pathogens and stress factors.Mycoplasma synoviae: inflammation of the joints, tendon sheaths, trachea and air sacs.Mycoplasma meleagridis: depending on age and pathogen strain, inflammation of the upper airways, air sac inflammation, abnormal plumage development, bone deformations (barrel legs), immunosuppression, symptoms in interaction with other pathogens.
Therapy with chemotherapeutic agents such as antibiotics is possible.
Prophylactic vaccinations against MG and MS are possible, stall-specific vaccines can be produced. High biosecurity and farm hygiene and isolation of herds protect against new infections.