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Gangrenous dermatitis: Guarding against a costly disease

by Tom Tabler, PhD
Extension Professor
Mississippi State University Extension Service, Poultry Science Department
Mississippi State, Mississippi


In recent years, gangrenous dermatitis (GD) has been on the increase among commercial broiler operations in the US, resulting in significant economic losses.1 This serious bacterial disease of poultry tends to occur in fast-growing broilers between 4 and 8 weeks of age.

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1. Waneck CR. Preventive measures to control clostridial outbreaks of gangrenous dermatitis in commercial broiler operations. MS Thesis. Texas A&M University. 2010

2. Tabler T, et al. Gangrenous dermatitis in broilers. Mississippi State University Extension. Publication 2990. 2016

3. Clark FD, et al. Understanding and control of gangrenous dermatitis in poultry houses. FSA7048. University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. 2008 July.

4. Jensen EL. Overview of gangrenous dermatitis in broilers and strategies for prevention. Ross Tech Newsletter. Ross Breeders. 1998 April.

5. Macklin K, et al. Windrow composting of litter to control disease-causing pathogens. Poultry Engineering, Economics, and Management Newsletter. Auburn University, Auburn, AL. No. 47. 2007 May.








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