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Occurrence of Mycoplasma synoviae on commercial poultry farms of Pernambuco, Brazil

Ocorrência de Mycoplasma synoviae em granjas comerciais da avicultura de Pernambuco

Mércia R. Barros Elmiro R. Nascimento José Sérgio A. Silva José W. Pinheiro Júnior Sandra B. Santos Leandro S. Machado Rita Cássia F. Silva Rinaldo A. Mota About the authors

The state of Pernambuco is the largest producer of eggs in the North and Northeast of Brazil and second one in the broiler production. Mycoplasmas are important avian pathogens, which cause respiratory and joint diseases that result in large economic losses. The aim of the present study was to investigate the occurrence of Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) and Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) in broilers and commercial laying hens in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. Tracheal fragments were analyzed from 55 healthy broilers, 35 broilers with respiratory signs and 30 commercial laying hens with respiratory signs, from 24 commercial poultry farms, each sample was composed of a pool of five birds. The bacteriological exam, PCR and nested PCR were used for the detection of Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) and Mycoplasma synoviae (MS). All samples were negative in bacteriological isolation. In the PCR analyses, seven samples from birds with respiratory signs were positive for MS and one was positive for MG, the latter of which was confirmed as the MG-F vaccine strain. The occurrence of MS in chickens with respiratory signs may indicate inadequate sanitary management on poultry farms, favoring the propagation of mycoplasmosis.

Mycoplasmosis; Mycoplasma synoviae; PCR; broilers; commercial laying hens; diagnosis

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