Fowlpox is an old viral poultry disease found worldwide and first described in the 17th century. Several strains of the avian pox virus have been identified and named after the primary bird infected.
The cutaneous form presents signature lesions, often mistaken for fighting wounds, which appear first on the comb, wattles, and around the eyes of chickens, and on the head on turkeys. Yellow blisters scab over to form darker, wart-like growths. Additional lesions may appear on any area body part without feather covering. Scabs persist two to four weeks before softening and dropping off.
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