Does that time of year also coincide with the number of adolescents that are more susceptible to Marek's?
@Sonya9...if by "number of adolescents that are more susceptible" you mean the number of chicks that are between 8 - 20 weeks old (the age at which the incidence of contracting
Marek's is highest), then yes it does. But then again, if you look at the breeding patterns of the vast majority of mammals that inhabit the northern hemisphere I'm sure you'll find
that in almost every instance, the female of the species is conditioned (kind of pre-programmed) to give birth (or hatch eggs, etc.) when the chance of survival for their young is at a
premium. In the northern hemisphere we call that time of prime survivability Spring. That's why mammals in America and in Europe will most likely be born sometime during the months of March, April or May, when the ground is no longer frozen, the rains, for the most part, have ceased, the days remain light for longer, in addition to being warmer and there is an abundance
of food due to the newly sprouted flora in the area. As to whether the birth of a new generation of susceptible chickens is what makes Marek's 'come out of hibernation' (so to speak), or
it's merely due to the fact that the virus can't stand the extreme cold and therefore must go into a sort of suspended animation, or dormancy, until the weather warms back up, is a good
question. It's a question for someone a whole heck of a lot smarter than me, I can tell you that !!! I'm still trying to figure out which came first...the chicken, or the egg ...lol !!!
@seminolewind...Lymphoprolific Disease ?!?!?! You're kidding me, right? Seriously, that's all they could come up with! And they call themselves 'Doctor's'...LOL !!! Of what ???
Diseases that don't exist... !!! Truth be told, Lymphoproliferative Disorder isn't really a disease by definition. It's more like a large umbrella that Doctor's pull out when they know
that someone higher up than they are is going to want some solid AND scientific sounding answers. Basically (and I'm sure you already know this seminole, if you think like I
think you think ), what a Lymphoproliferative disorder is, is a catch-all phrase for any and all things that can cause the body's bone marrow to produce an excessive amount of Lymphocytes, or white blood cells, usually brought on by an opportunistic infection that was the direct result of a compromised immune system. But I know I don't have to tell you
that Seminolewind,...you've been telling that to people here on BYC for ages now !!!
GoodNight for now.
P.S. Hey seminole...maybe we shouldn't discuss any 'interim' reports anymore...it makes those doc's look silly !!! LOL, LOL, LMFAO !!!