Avian Pox Found in B.C. Birds

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David Hancock received the following announcement and request for assistance recently. I am posting it at his request.


Hi all,


A request - we've had two reports of avian pox outbreaks in crows (lower mainland) and bald eagles ( Queen Charlottes).


I'm interested to know:


Are these going to spread - within the species - to other species or - geographically.
Could you please put out the word that we are interested to know of lumpy lesions on birds and if anyone finds an affected bird, please photograph it
IF IT IS DEAD - photograph and freeze it - there is a researcher interested in extracting the virus - I can arrange shipment
.


Any information should be directed to


Helen M. Schwantje DVM, M.Sc.
Wildlife Veterinarian
Ecosystems Br., Ministry of Environment
PO Box 9338, Stn Prov Govt
2975 Jutland Road, Victoria, BC
Canada V8W 9M1

phone: 250-953-4285
fax: 250-356-9145
cell: 250-361-7619
email: helen.schwantje@gov.bc.ca

Photos of affected birds can be see here:

http://discuss.hancockwildlifechannel.org/viewtopic.php?p=389140#p389140

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