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Risk of botulism for laying hens and broilers
  1. A. E. Sharpe1,
  2. E. D. Ryan1,
  3. E. J. Sharpe2,
  4. H. J. Clarke3 and
  5. S. A. McGettrick3
  1. Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Backweston, Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  2. District Veterinary Office, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Ballybay, County Monaghan, Ireland
  3. Veterinary Sciences Division, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Stoney Road, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3SD

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Ann Sharpe and colleagues comment: We thank Hardy and colleagues for their interest in our short communication, but regret that they appear to have misread it. We do not imply that all chickens carry toxigenic C botulinum as part of their normal gut flora, nor that toxigenic C botulinum is regularly …

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