Pseudorabies question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wischickenlover, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. wischickenlover

    wischickenlover Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    Ladysmith, WI
    I hope someone has some knowledge on this disease that can help me. We have 82 chickens. We also had a 5 month old pot belly pig who came down sick, I mean really sick a couple months ago. It happened so fast and was so bizzare. The pig began walking backwards in a circle, then began having seizures and neurological symptoms. She collapsed and started convulsing violently. She was unable to see, stand, eat or drink. We thought that was it, that we would have to put her down. Then slowly, she began showing little improvements. A few days later, she was walking, eating, and oinking just like nothing ever happened. So we thought it was just some freak thing....... Now, recently, in Wisconsin, pigs are contracting a disease called pseudorabies. (I had never heard of this) Many of the symptoms she had match up to this disease. I have read that humans cannot be infected, however, cattle, dogs and cats can. (very scary!) My question now is can chickens contract this disease? I cannot find anything about birds. The pig is now quarantined, but if this is pseudorabies, the damage may already be done. (we have 3 indoor cats and 3 dogs....the pig lives outside) This disease is spread by mucus and saliva, as I understand it. Can anyone shed some light so I know if my chickens are also at risk? Thank you so much! I have to go to work this morning, but will be home later tonight to read posts.
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

  3. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    Pseudorabies is a viral disease of pigs completely unrelated to rabies. It has been the focus of a national eradication policy for the last two decades. Most states today are PRV-free. It is extremely unusual for a pet pig to contract the disease.
    Poultry and other livestock are immune to PRV. However, dogs can contract and spread the virus.


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