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Mycoplasma iowae is one of the four most important Mycoplasma species involved in poultry disease and is associated with economic loss. Turkeys appear to be the natural host, although the pathogen has also been demonstrated in chickens and in several wild avian species.
Embryo mortality is considered to be a common finding in M iowae infection, and a stunting syndrome with mild airsacculitis, poor feathering and leg abnormalities has been well documented in progeny (Saif and others 2008).
Vertical transmission of M iowae has been widely demonstrated. Pipped eggs and dead-in-shell …