Submitted to: American Association of Avian Pathologist
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 1, 2006
Publication Date: May 21, 2006
Citation: Spackman, E., Day, J.M., Pantin Jackwood, M.J. 2006. The pathogenesis of agents associated with runting-stunting syndrome of broilers in SPF turkeys. In: American Association of Avian Pathologists Annual Meeting Scientific Program, July 16-19, 2006, Honolulu, HI. 2006 CDROM. Technical Abstract: Runting-stunting syndrome (RSS) of broilers is clinically similar to poult enteritis complex. The causes of these disease conditions are poorly understood. In order to determine whether RSS agents could cause disease in turkey poults, specific pathogen free poults were inoculated with untreated or chloroform treated intestinal contents collected from broilers with RSS. Initial characterization of the inoculum revealed that it contained both an avian astrovirus and an avian rotavirus. Both viruses replicated in the poults and clinical signs, including decreased weight gain and gross lesions consistent with RSS, were produced.