Freaking out. Is marek's contagious to parrots?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Eme, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Eme

    Eme Out Of The Brooder

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    So if anyone has been following my other thread, you'd know that I'm dealing with a suddenly paralyzed chicken. We had him downstairs in a washroom until yesterday, we moved him upstairs because of a holiday dinner with a bunch of people and we needed the downstairs washroom. So it completely slipped my mind that it might be contagious to other birds, and across the very small hall I keep my two parrotlets. Now I'm freaking out, and also not at home until tomorrow, and although people are at home to feed him, noone is able to move him downstairs tonight. Does anyone know if it is transmittable to parrots?? I really hope it isn't. I'm terrified now and stuck elsewhere. If my parrots catch it I will be heartbroken.
     
  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eme - From some reading I did Marek's Disease is described as a disease of chickens. It appears that your parrot may be safe. Here is a link to an article about Marek's on an Avian website that describes it as a chicken disease. I'll be interested in what others have to say. Good luck with this!
    http://www.avianweb.com/mareksdisease.html
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Wild birds spread Marek's but I don't know if parrots ar suspeptable or not.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    What kind of parrot? That avian website discusses diseases of parrots by their species.
     
  5. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a link to the Merck Manual, which describes chickens as the most important natural host of Marek's, with infections also occurring in turkeys and quail. It makes the statement that other birds and mammals appear to be refractory to the disease or infection. Perhaps wild birds are just carriers?? IDK. As ddawn pointed out, perhaps the species of parrot makes a difference and you may want to read further about your particular breed of parrot. I'm still hoping your parrot will be safe.
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/203602.htm&word=marek's,disease
     
  6. Eme

    Eme Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the links and the information. I took my rooster to the vet and ended up putting him down. I asked her if it was contagious to my parrotlets and she had no idea. She is doing some research and hopefully will give me a definite answer in the next couple of days. I will update you all when I know.

    My species of parrot is the pacific parrotlet. I couldn't find anything about the specific species and marek's, so hopefully it will all be ok.
     
  7. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry about your rooster. Best of luck with your parrot!
     
  8. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:One of the things you may want to research is if its contagious to New World parrots. Your Pacific Parrotlet is a New World Parrot.

    Sometimes diseases follow New/Old World groups. I've never heard of a parrot getting Mareks and I've been in the parrot world for 31 years but I would definitely be careful.

    Laurie
     
  9. Eme

    Eme Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. So the vet called me back and says it appears its not contagious to parrots, and it may, but probably won't be contagious to my pheasants as well. So that's at least a bit of good news today.

    Thank you all again for your help.
     
  10. Aliconway

    Aliconway Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there any way to eliminate Marek's? I just put down another beautiful Silkie hen..one of my chicks from this summer. It's horrible to watch how frightened they get from the paralysis and inability to control themselves. I hope the rest remain resistant or immune or whatever it may be.
     

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