On 2/08/06, Dottie wrote:
> 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. In
addition, most lovebirds will acquire the virus within the first
three years of their lives--after that time they usually have
outgrown it. Also this virus is most common with african or old
world birds-so that those with conures (such as myself) will not
be affected by the virus.