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Avian Pox: Symptoms & Treatment
About Avian Pox
Avian Pox Photo from Cornell University
About Avian Pox
Avian pox is a mild to severe, slow developing disease of birds caused by an avipoxvirus.
Three most common strains of Avian Pox are:
Approximately sixty species of birds from 20 families have been diagnosed with avian pox. The strain seen in wild turkeys is the fowl pox virus"
Symptoms of Avian Pox
Avian pox lesions (wart-like growths) occur on:
Photo. Atlas of Avian diseases. Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/510
Fowl Pox Prevention
Vaccinating against fowl pox is an important part of health management for backyard chicken flock owners.
"Pox is a relatively slow spreading viral infection of chickens characterized by scab-like lesions on the skin of the unfeathered body parts and/or diphtheritic (wet) membranes lining the mouth or air passages. It has been present in chickens since earliest times and is found throughout the world. Infection with the fowl pox virus will cause the chickens to have poor growth, poor feed conversion and a precipitous fall in egg production. Mortality will seldom be marked if the lesions are limited to the skin. However, death may occur if the oral cavity or air passages become involved."
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