Gut Samples for Parasitology
(Coccidia and intestinal parasites)
Note: Coccidia tests can be disease oriented or production oriented. When a flock is experiencing clinical coccidiosis disease causing mortality and clinical signs such as blood passage from the intestines, obviously this constitutes a disease situation. When a flock is experiencing unevenness, pallor or other obvious growth problems, coccidiosis is a disease that must be included in the analysis. Apart from these situations, the monitoring of coccidia to determine the presence of various species or to monitor a succession of flocks for the level of lesions or oocysts is considered a quality control procedure, oriented toward production parameters, rather than a diagnostic case. Pharmaceutical company technical service personnel are available to assist in the latter situation.
1. Remove intestines from birds on the day that they are submitted to the lab for testing.
2. At the farm, immediately put intestines in a plastic bag labeled with the farm name, age and house number, and into a cooler with ice or ice packs to preserve the sample. Intestines decompose very rapidly if not cooled down quickly. As soon as possible deliver to the lab for testing.
3. At the lab, fill out a postmortem submission form completely and leave the form in the appropriate holder labeled "Completed Forms" in the holding room and put the intestines in the refrigerator. Do not put them in the freezer compartment.
4. Results on microscopic examinations will be faxed to the company on the next working day. In the event results are needed sooner, indicate to call results when available.
Flocks suspicious of needing immediate care due to increased mortality or blood passage should be identified, so as to receive priority processing. In such a case, results will be telephoned immediately upon completion of the case.
DO NOT FREEZE GUT SAMPLES AT ANY TIME!!