Bacterial respiratory disease of poultry

Poult Sci. 1998 Aug;77(8):1139-42. doi: 10.1093/ps/77.8.1139.


Bacterial pathogens play an important role in causing respiratory disease in domestic poultry species. In many cases, the bacterial component of a respiratory disease colonizes the respiratory system only after a primary viral or environmental insult. Colonization of the airsacs of a chicken by Escherichia coli following an infectious bronchitis virus infection is an example of secondary bacterial invasion. In other cases, the bacterial component of the respiratory disease is the primary initiating cause of the disease. Examples of primary bacterial respiratory disease are infectious coryza in chickens and fowl cholera in chickens and turkeys.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Infections / immunology
  • Bacterial Infections / prevention & control
  • Bacterial Infections / veterinary*
  • Bacterial Vaccines
  • Chickens
  • Ducks
  • Poultry Diseases / immunology
  • Poultry Diseases / microbiology*
  • Poultry Diseases / prevention & control
  • Quail
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / immunology
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / prevention & control
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / veterinary*
  • Turkeys


  • Bacterial Vaccines