On 2/08/06, Michael L wrote:
> On 2/08/06, Dottie wrote:
>> On 2/08/06, Dottie wrote:
>>> Yes, I did do extensive cleaning. Cleaning the vents,
>>> scrubbing everything down with bleach solution and
>>> replacing many items. It was expensive in man-hours and
>>> replacing items or cleaning.
>> I just spoke with Avian Biotech who does alot of avian
>> testing and they explained that "low-level positive" is just
>> a way of discerning a degree of the virus present. (This is
>> not the same people who did the initial testing).
>> Furthermore, stress would not cause the virus. I am going
>> to speak with the avian vet later tonight.
> Could you bottom line this for me? The birds you recently
> purchased have PBFD. Is that what you're saying? Is that
> being a "little bit pregnant?" Sorry if I don't understand
> this, but I'm trying. They have a little bit of the virus now,
> but will develop full blown PBFD?
> Michael L
Not necessarily. Those who have the virus but remain
asymptomatic will get re-tested in 3-6 months. At that time
they might be negative --if they have sucessfully rid themselves
of the the virus. Even if they are negative, they will still
have to be tested periodically throughout their lives. If not--
then with time they will become symptomatic and eventually die a
slow, painful death in 6-24 months or be euthanized.