Should the parents be tested??
On 2/25/06, Michael L wrote:
> On 2/25/06, Fran wrote:
> Let me ask you this. Can an adult, otherwise healthy bird be a carrier
> of polyoma, not actually sick but
> able to transfer the virus to a baby bird?
> I may not explain this correctly 100 percent, but I understand that
> asymptomatic adults can pass the virus on to baby birds if they are
> shedding the virus.
> I believe it can be spread or transferred to baby birds that an infected
> parent is feeding, from the infected cells that slough off in the crop
> the parent bird and go along with the food that is passed.
> Also feather dust cells can contain it and the baby bird breathes it in
> and contracts the disease. Fecal matter is another route of transmission.
> But I was also told that infected parents can produce perfectly normal
> offspring in spite of them being carriers.
> I guess there are many variables that make it difficult to give a
> definite answer.
> Michael L