Occlusive laryngotracheitis in turkeys following drinking water administration of gentian violet.
Acute respiratory signs and increased mortality due to suffocation occurred in a flock of 5-week-old male turkey poults following water administration of gentian violet. Gross lesions of laryngeal edema and occlusion of the tracheal opening with caseous plugs were present. Microscopic lesions in the tracheas consisted of vascular congestion, mucosal degeneration, and necrosis. The condition was reproduced experimentally in turkey poults by giving drinking water containing gentian violet.