### Abstract

An equation was developed that describes the probability of eliminating egg-borne Mycoplasma meleagridis (MM) of turkeys by egg treatment. Probability (P) of MM elimination was described in terms of four parameters: pretreatment prevalence of MM, alpha; treatment failure rate, beta; number of eggs treated, n; and hatching rate, h. The eradication equation, based on the Poisson probability distribution, was P(0) = e-n alpha beta h. Probabilities derived from 12 hypothetical MM-eradication situations showed that increasing the size of any or all of the parameters decreased the likelihood of eradication. Use of the predictive equation as a planning tool in a successful MM-eradication program is demonstrated.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 264-271 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Journal | Avian Diseases |

Volume | 31 |

Issue number | 2 |

State | Published - Apr 1987 |

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### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Cancer Research
- Immunology
- veterinary(all)

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*Avian Diseases*,

*31*(2), 264-271.