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Re: Cleaning and PFBD/Dottie Clarification Please?

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

    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:
    >>>> 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
    > like
    >> 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.