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Coccidiosis in Poultry- A Review


Coccidiosis causes a great economic loss in the poultry industry due to high rate of morbidity and mortality, sub optimal growth and conversion efficiency and loss of egg production (1). Mortality is mostly marked in caecal form of the disease in young chicks whereas morbidity is well documented in the intestinal form of the disease in adult birds.


The disease is caused by a protozoan parasite known as Eimeria. The numbers of Eimeria species have been recorded from poultry and they are affecting a particular part of the intestinal tract (2). They are listed as below: