Eimeria tenella

Eimeria tenella is one of 9 different Eimeria spp that result in coccidiosis in chickens. It is a highly pathogenic protozoan parasite that is a common intestinal parasite of chickens. E. tenella is specifically found in the chicken's caeca, where it causes distension of the caecum, villi destruction resulting in extensive hemorrhage and death, ballooning of the intestine, and thickened mucosa and the lumen filled with fluid, blood and tissue.

Hosts

  • chickens

Associated Diseases