All Cooped Up: Fowlpox

All Cooped Up: Fowlpox
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes The facts: What is it? A viral infection affecting mainly chickens and turkeys but can affect other avian species. Causative Agent: Viruses in the family Poxviridae. Incubation period: 4-10 days. Disease duration: 2-4 weeks.  Morbidity: High. Mortality: Low in the cutaneous form (dry pox), higher in the diphtheritic form (wet pox). If not controlled and treated appropriately the mortality rate rises. Signs: Wart-like lesions on combs, wattles, eyelids, or feet, eyelid swelling, weight loss, decreased intake of food and water, and a reduction in egg production. Birds with the diphtheritic form will have lesions in the throat and respiratory tract.  Diagnosis: Through a veterinarian or laboratory. Treatment: There is no treatment; fowlpox usually resolves on its own or results in death. Vaccinations can prevent the spread of and the initial outbreak of the disease. The scoop: Fowlpox is an old viral poultry disease that

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