Alphitobius diaperinus spp as a vector of Clostridium perfringens in broiler houses in the state of São Paulo - Brazil

Juliano Vittori Rubén Pablo Schocken-Iturrino Kátia Prochnon Trovó César Augusto Martins Ribeiro Gislaine Gomes Barbosa Luciano Melo de Souza Caroline Peters Pigatto About the authors

The Alphitobius diaperinus spp (lesser mealworm) is considered an important world poultry plague. Due to its behavior characteristics and biological habits that make its control difficult it is considered a vector of pathogenic agents. The objective of this research was to investigate the little mealworm as possible vector of Clostridium perfringens in broiler houses, located in different parts of the state of São Paulo. Through conventional bacteriological methods, 40 samples of little mealworm collected were analyzed. Clostridium perfringens was found in all of the samples and the potential of this insect as vector of the necrotic enteritis was demonstrated.

poultry brooder houses; Clostridium perfringens; lesser mealworm; necrotic enteritis

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