Polyomavirus in birds

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Polyomavirus in birds - Vetster

Polyomavirus is a virus that belongs to the family Papovavirus. It can cause a wide range of illnesses in pet birds, from benign wart lesions to life-threatening disorders involving internal organs, feathers and skins.

Young birds are at more risk of contracting the virus and suffering serious consequences from the infection. It is not fully clear how the virus is spread to birds but it likely spreads through feather dust, dropping, eggs and crop milk from infected birds often the infected birds may not show any symptoms.

Symptoms of Polyomavirus in Birds

There are several strains of the virus that can produce different clinical symptoms. Young infected birds can die quickly without showing any clinical symptoms but adult birds with good immune systems can recover from the infection. Sick, infected birds may show symptoms, including:

Anorexia Weight loss Difficulty breathing Feather loss or abnormalities Lethargy Diarrhea Dehydration Depression Loss of appetite Tremor A swollen abdomen Reddened skin

Treatment and Prevention 

There is no cure for infected birds often the disease attacks so quickly that no treatment will be effective. There is a vaccine is available but it is not hundred percent effective.  

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