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Necrotic Enteritis (NE) is caused by Clostridium perfringens (CP). It is characterized by the sudden appearance of signs, which are rapid weakness followed by death; Confluent areas of necrosis can be observed in the mucous membrane of the small intestine. The raw materials used in the feeds, mainly in feather, meat and offal meals, have been identified as sources of CP contamination. High levels of fiber and undigested protein in the intestine and concurrent infection with Coccidia can predispose to the development of EN in laying hens despite being raised in cages.

 

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