A rapid and specific method for the detection of C. Hepaticus, the agent responsible for spotty liver disease in Australia

Van, T, Gor, M, Elshagmani, E, Scott, P and Moore, R 2017, 'A rapid and specific method for the detection of C. Hepaticus, the agent responsible for spotty liver disease in Australia', in Dr. P. Selle (ed.) Proceedings of the 28th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 13-15 February 2017, pp. 146-149.


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Title A rapid and specific method for the detection of C. Hepaticus, the agent responsible for spotty liver disease in Australia
Author(s) Van, T
Gor, M
Elshagmani, E
Scott, P
Moore, R
Year 2017
Conference name 28th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 13-15 February 2017
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 28th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium
Editor(s) Dr. P. Selle
Publisher Poultry Research Foundation
Place of publication New South Wales, Australia
Start page 146
End page 149
Total pages 4
Abstract Spotty liver disease (SLD) in chickens was first described over 60 years ago and there have been sporadic reports of the disease throughout the intervening decades. Recently it has become of increasing concern in Australia as outbreaks of the disease have occurred more frequently. It is characterised by multiple, grey/white spots in the liver and causes significant egg production losses and mortality in free range and barn layer flocks, and broiler breeders housed in deep litter barns. However, the cause of the disease has long been a mystery. We have recently identified the causative agent of SLD; a new species of Campylobacter that we have named C. hepaticus. In this study, a PCR assay has been developed and proven to be specific to the SLD organism. This assay can be used for epidemiological investigations of SLD in the field.
Subjects Bacteriology
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