Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Volume: 54 Issue: 4

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Inclusion Body Hepatitis in commercial broiler chickens of an organised poultry farm – A case study

S. Sruthi1*, M. R. Reddy2, M. Asok Kumar3 and C. Udhayakumar4

1. PhD Scholar, Division of Pathology, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly
2. Principal Scientist, ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad
3. Scientist
4. PhD Scholar, Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences,
Mannuthy, Thrissur- 680651, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.
*Corresponding author: [email protected], Ph. 8281823396

Year: 2023, Page: 1131-1135, Doi:

Received: June 9, 2023 Accepted: Sept. 5, 2023 Published: Dec. 31, 2023


Adenoviruses cause a wide range of diseases among all avian species. Even though most of them cause mild disease, some are associated with specific clinical conditions. Fowl adenoviruses (FAdVs) are the etiological agents of two important diseases; Inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) and Hepatitis hydropericardium syndrome (HHS) in poultry. Ten dead birds of 45 days old were brought for necropsy to the post-mortem facility available at the Division of Pathology, ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar. The percentage of mortality was nearly 15 per cent and affected birds were dull, depressed with pallor of comb and ruffled feathers. On post-mortem examination, it was observed that the liver was swollen and yellow with fibrinous deposits over the surface. On microscopic examination, large basophilic intranuclear inclusion bodies were present in hepatocytes which was suggestive of IBH. Diagnosis was further confirmed by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

Keywords: Fowl adenovirus, IBH, hydropericardium, intranuclear inclusion bodies


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Sruthi, S., Reddy, M.R., Kumar, M.A., and Udhayakumar, C.2023. Inclusion Body Hepatitis in commercial broiler chickens of an organised poultry farm - A case study J. Vet. Anim. Sci. 54(4):1131-1135