Marek's disease

can Marek's disease be passed to an inside pet bird?

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Dec 04, 2009
Parrots and Marek's disease
by: The Vet

I have never heard of a parrot or other pet species developing Marek?s. However, it is caused by a virus which is shed in feather dander. If you have birds that are infected, you should practice strict quarantining procedures to prevent the spread.

Dr B

Dec 04, 2009
Marek's disease
by: Linda

YES, IT IS A HIGHLY CONTAGEOUS VIRAL DISEASE NORMALLY SEEN IN CHICKENS. ANY BIRDS IN THE VICINITY OF A SICK BIRD WILL CONTRACT IT AS WELL. VIRAL INFECTIONS AND DISEASES ARE USUALLY SPREAD VIA THE AIR, AND THAT'S WHAT HELPS TO MAKE IT SO CONTAGEOUS.

If your other birds have already been exposed to this virus, it is too late to move them out of house into a boarding facility. What you would do there is to spread the disease to any and all birds at the boarding facility.

Most cases of Marek's Disease are fatal in chickens. I did not find any comprehensive information about parrots.

Please ask your vet all about it. This disease is akin to the Avian Flu virus, so you need to keep your birds inside your home for the duration, do not give any away nor board any of them. Because of the contageon possibility, if your bird came from a place raising chickens, you need to inform them or have your Avian Vet inform them and County and State officials. Not sure how Marek's is handled, but since it can wipe out an entire chicken breeding facility, I would assume it is one they need to know about. Have your vet notify everyone concerned if he or she deems it necessary.

Also talk with Avian vet about treatment options for the other birds in your home and what the prognosis regarding their survival rate is.

So sorry about this for you, and keep us posted on the outcome please,
Linda

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