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Bacterial Diseases Bacteria vary widely in size and shape, but tend to be at least larger than viruses. They  are single-cell organisms that reproduce independently. There are a numerous of different bacterial infections that birds can get. A bird with a good healthy will only rarely get a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections can occur in the upper respiratory tract, intestinal tract, urinary tract and also in the reproductive tract. Signs for a upper respiratory tract infections are sneezing, nasal discharge, inflamed eyes and swelling around the eyes. Infections involving the intestinal tract present as a bird lost its appetite, may be vomiting or regurgitating, diarrhea and may also be quite depressed. Contaminated or spoiled food is a source of infection. Urinary tract infections occurs, when  a bird is drinking large amounts of water and who has runny droppings due to all the liquid in the droppings. A consequence of urinary tract infection can be a kidney damage. Birds with a reproductive tract infection are not sexually active. If the infection is detected in the egg or young chick, it can be traced back to the hen. Examination of the eggs or examination of the reproductive tract and bacterial cultures will allow for a definitive diagnosis. Bacterial skin infections will present as a bird that is pickig excessively and lossing too many feathers. Some bacterial infections may be apparent as inflammation or redness around the feather follicle.Once the bacterial infection is diagnosed and the antibiotic selected, treatment may vary according to the severity of the infection. Some infections may be treated with oral antibiotics, which can be administerd over the drinking water, or drops and creams for the nares and eyes.


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