A Healthier Flock
How a UGA researcher’s work is helping poultry farmers keep their birds disease-free
Department of Population Health
College of Veterinary Medicine
Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center
For Naola Ferguson-Noel, every day working on avian mycoplasma is like a real-life game of Clue.
Figure out which flocks are infected. Find where the bacteria came from. And decide what you’re going to do about it.
Mycoplasmas are everywhere, and they infect a bunch of different species, including humans. But in poultry, the bacteria are especially prevalent and can cost millions in lost egg production and dead birds—driving up costs for farmers and consumers.
That’s something Ferguson-Noel is committed to fixing.
People are very concerned about their food and where their food comes from. And I think that it is important to know that we as an industry, as veterinarians, are thinking about the future.