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Birds (avian) health topics

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  • Avian influenza Avian influenza is caused by influenza Type A virus (influenza A) and is commonly found in wild and domestic birds. Avian influenza viruses are classified as either “low pathogenic” or “highly pathogenic” based on their genetic features and the severity of the disease they cause in poultry. Most viruses are of low pathogenicity, meaning they […]

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  • Mycoplasma synoviae What species are affected by Mycoplasma synoviae (MS)? Mycoplasmas tend to be host specific. The usual hosts for Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) are chickens and turkeys, however, it has been also isolated from many other birds species, including pigeons, ducks, geese, and even home sparrows. Rabbits, rats, pigs, and other mammals are not susceptible to experimental […]
  • Infectious bursal disease What is infectious bursal disease (gumboro, IBD)? Infectious bursal disease is a highly contagious disease of young chickens (younger than 17 weeks of age) in which the tissues of the immune system, and especially the bursa of Fabricius, are targeted resulting in immunosuppression and susceptibility to other infections, such as E. coli, salmonella, mycoplasma, coccidia, Marek’s […]
  • Avian influenza Avian influenza is caused by influenza Type A virus (influenza A) and is commonly found in wild and domestic birds. Avian influenza viruses are classified as either “low pathogenic” or “highly pathogenic” based on their genetic features and the severity of the disease they cause in poultry. Most viruses are of low pathogenicity, meaning they […]