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. White Leghorn chicken rooster with fowlpox scarring and sores on

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