Gastrointestinal diseases pose a serious threat to industrial poultry breeding. Infections are caused by proliferation of naturally occurring intestinal micro-organisms and their subsequent translocation to other organs and tissues of the birds. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), this leads to a markedly increased risk of alimentary toxic infections by consumption of eggs and meat.
In the past, this hazard was controlled by the preventive use of antibiotics. Since the EU ban on antibiotics in 2006, which at first led to higher infection rates and lower productivity, new strategies against gastrointestinal diseases in livestock have been developed.
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