Blackhead preventative alternative tested

Following withdrawal of nitarsone, research examines related compound as blackhead disease preventative.

Histomonas meleagridis is the causative agent of blackhead disease, which is a health concern in turkey production. Histostat, the only commercial preventative for blackhead disease, was removed from the market on Jan. 1 because the active ingredient nitarsone (4-nitrophenylarsonic acid) contained organic arsenic. Because of this, it is imperative to find other preventatives.

In a presentation during the International Poultry Science Forum, Caitlin Harris, Miguel Barrios,

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