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Skin lesions caused by fowl pox Source: The Merck Veterinary Manual
Fowl pox is a highly contagious disease among birds and is characterized by scab like lesions on unfeathered parts of the birds body.
Humans cannot contract most forms of Fowl Pox but there have been a few reported cases but none in the United States.
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Fowl pox can be prevented by having your chickens vaccinated at 12-16 weeks of age. Find out more about Fowl pox vaccine here:
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Which breeds does it infect?
Infects most poultry, chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, psittacine, and ratites. All ages are susceptible.
Can it infect humans?
Yes it is possible to vaccinate the uninfected birds and save the rest of the flock if you separate the infected birds.
There are two forms of Fowl Pox
Chickens can get one or both at the same time
Dry form Symptoms
If scab is removed prior to complete healing it will appear "raw and bleeding"
Wet form Symptoms:
Canker sore type lesions in:
Wet form Symptoms:
Respiratory distress which obstructs upper air passages
Chickens and turkey's should be vaccinated for fowl pox.
Kill any possible mosquito's
You may wish to close the hen house off and treat it with bug bombs.
Make sure no chickens are in the hen house during or for five hours after you bomb it.
Be sure to use a large fan blowing toward the outdoors to remove the toxic bug bomb fumes for at least 2 hours prior to allowing the hens back in.
This will get rid of any live mosquito's that may be hiding in the hen house but will do little to keep larvae from hatching.
Make sure there is no stale standing water anywhere on the property. Mosquito's lay their larvae in stale water.
Separate the bird from the flock
No known treatment available
You can relieve some of the chickens discomfort by disinfecting the lesions by slowly peeling the scab off and pouring hydrogen peroxide on them, blot them with sterile gauze and soak in warm salt water. After soaking for 10-15 minutes (do not let the bird drink salt water) pat dry with sterile gauze and put a sterile pad and medical tape to secure it over the wound. Make sure you wear rubber gloves and sterilize everything with bleach that you used to clean the lesions and to soak the bird.
"Fowl pox is not transmissible to humans.
Fowl Pox affects chickens, turkeys and
other fowl. Fowl pox (dry form) forms small pustules on the combs or wattles, or
maybe on around the mouth and face. Pustules can also occur on the legs.
There is a wet form that can occur inside the mouth. The dry form pustules can
be brownish or scabs. Most areas of Texas have wild bird populations that are
infected. These infections easily spread from the wild into your flock from
mosquitoes most times of the year. Vaccination for fowl pox is a good practice for show birds." Read More..
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