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Re: Cleaning and PFBD/Dottie Clarification Please?

Posted by Dottie on 2/08/06
(13) Comments

    On 2/08/06, Michael L wrote:
    > On 2/08/06, Dottie wrote:
    >> On 2/08/06, Dottie wrote:
    >>> Michael,
    >>> 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.
    > Dottie,
    > 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.