Optimizing defense mechanisms in poultry against Salmonella infection
Control of Salmonella in poultry is important to decrease the incidence of foodborne salmonellosis in humans.
Protection against Salmonella-infection can be divided into protection provided by:
- The immune system
The immune system is stimulated by accurate vaccination with Salmonella-antigens.
- The intestinal microflora
A balanced intestinal flora will provide protection against the colonisation of Salmonella bacteria through the mechanism of Competitive Exclusion.
A complete approach towards Salmonella control includes vaccination with Merck Animal Health Salmonella Poultry vaccines and the use of competitive exclusion products.
Public health significance