Latest Avipoxvirus Stories
House sparrows, dunnocks, and wood pigeons, among other British bird species, have been known to carry avian pox. Vets and ornithologists are very concerned, however, about the emergence of a new strain of this viral disease in great tits.
3,607 finches and mockingbirds housed at the California Academy of Sciences provided critical data for research about the spread of disease in Darwin's famous islands.
Avipoxvirus, a member of poxviridae family, only affects birds. The Poxviridae family of virus can cause the victim organism to have poxes as a symptom. They generally have large genomes. Other examples include smallpox and monkeypox. Although slow to spread it can cause symptoms like pustules full of pus lining the skin and diphtheria-like symptoms. It can be transmitted to humans by close contact with infected birds or by drinking liquids that were in contact with infected birds. It can...
- Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.