Coccidiosis is caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Eimeria. Coccidiosis is one of the most common poultry diseases in the world. Eimeria may damage specific part of intestine or the entire intestinal tract. This disease has a serious economic impact on the global poultry industry. The pictures below show intestinal damage caused by different Eimeria species.
Source: The Merck Veterinary Manual
Coccidiosis is a serious disease caused mainly through the development of specialized poultry farming. Coccidiosis is easly spread because of:
• proximity to other poultry farms
• increase in poultry trade
• contaminated feed
• contaminated water