Necrotic enteritis and coccidiosis, multifactorial role of butyrate on intestinal health
Since the ban on in-feed antibiotics, necrotic enteritis caused by C. perfringens re-emerged in avian flocks with a severe economic impact. As the occurrence of drug resistant strains is an important problem for public health and for long-term control strategies against necrotic enteritis, solutions to control necrotic enteritis have to be found in alternatives to the conventional medication. Nutrition strongly influences the incidence of necrotic enteritis and the other pre-existing pathogenic coccidiosis infection. Proper micro-encapsulated butyrate in the diet ensures the targeted release of butyrate over the whole digestive tract, which supports the intestinal cells and reinforces the mucosal barrier function damaged by Eimeria species and C. perfringens.
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