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Broilers & Layers / Poultry Health & Disease / Mycotoxins
on March 26, 2018

How endotoxins aggravate broiler heat stress

Heat stress can increase gut permeability, opening the door for lipopolysaccharides to exacerbate immune response and impair performance.

Higher ambient temperatures in poultry housing have an influence on birds’ behavior, physiology and immune system, making broilers more susceptible to endotoxins with negative consequences on welfare and performance. Heat stress costs in the U.S. poultry industry are thought to be approximately US$128-165 million each year.

Heat stress impairs gut

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