Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Newcastle disease and rooster fertility

Veterinary Research 2020 51:84 2 July, 2020

A group of Chinese researchers found that Newcastle disease virus (NDV) replicates in the male reproductive system of chickens and induces severe inflammatory response and histological lesions in the testes, which decrease steroidogenesis and spermatogenesis.
These findings explain the possible reduction in the fertility and hatchability in NDV infected breeder flocks.