Staphylococcosis of turkeys
Staphylococcus aureus and various coagulase-negative staphylococci were isolated from turkeys with staphylococcosis. Virulent S. aureus adhered well (averaged more than 100 bacteria per tissue cell) in vitro to cells from tissues of the respiratory tract but did not adhere well (averaged fewer than 12 bacteria per tissue cell) to cells from tissues of the alimentary tract. Some avirulent coagulase-negative staphylococci also adhered well to cells from the respiratory tissues. Lungs and livers of turkeys became colonized with virulent S. aureus following experimental aerosol exposure. Tracheas, livers, and hock joints of some market-age turkeys were naturally colonized with S. aureus and various species of coagulase-negative staphylococci.
Jensen, M. M., W. C. Downs, J. D. Morrey, T. R. Nicoll, S. D. LeFevre, and C. M. Meyers. 1987. Staphylococcosis of turkeys. 1. Portal of entry and tissue colonization. Avian Dis 31:64-69. PMID3579796