UK garden bird avian pox virus spreading

August 5, 2011LONDON – A team at the Zoological Society of London, led by Dr. Becki Lawson, is tracking an increased spread of an avian pox virus that is rapidly moving through the UK and affecting the great tits. Researchers are asking the public to help them track the spread of this virus. The virus was first discovered in the UK in 2006 but before then had been confined to birds in Austria, Czech Republic, Scandinavia and Slovakia. Until this year, the virus had stayed contained to south-east England but is now spreading to the north and west. Avian pox causes wart-like tumor growths on the birds, predominately around the eyes and beaks. Researchers do not know if the tumors are fatal or not but they do affect the bird’s ability to see and eat, leaving them more vulnerable to predators and starvation. Avian pox can be transmitted via insect bites, direct contact with other birds or indirect contact in places where multiple birds frequent, such as bird feeders, bird baths and garden perches. The researchers explain that the virus can remain in the environment for weeks or months. They are recommending that homeowners with bird baths and feeders keep them disinfected on a regular basis in order to try and reduce the spread of the virus. They are unable to give medicine to free-range birds and are hoping to find a way to prevent the transmission. –
The Great Tit (Parus major) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae. It is a widespread and common species throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central and Northern Asia, and parts of North Africa in any sort of woodland. It is generally resident, and most Great Tits do not migrate except in extremely harsh winters. –Wikipedia
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7 Responses to UK garden bird avian pox virus spreading

  1. susan says:

    my daughter found a raven in back of a horse barn last fall. she thought it was dead but when she approach it, she seen that it was still alive. she seen warts growing all over its beak, and around its eyes. the owner of the barn had it put away. dont know if this is the same virus, but it sure sounds like it.


  2. Gen says:

    Hi Alvin, I finally ordered your book last night. Looking forward to it arriving.

    Just saw this. No story.


    • novusanima says:

      Now that is really interesting news, thanks for that, Gen–extends to females as well?? I know I have European bloodlines, but since God changes your DNA then maybe mine is different, sure beats being related to some entombed guy *lol*


  3. Gen says:

    Alvin, it is the least I can do. You have given us so much and shared so much of your knowledge.

    In Christ we have purpose.


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