treating reovirus

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fornese, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. fornese

    fornese Out Of The Brooder

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    is anyone familiar with Reovirus or have you ever had to treat? I have a couple of lame birds that I take good care of, and a vet told me over the phone that I was possibly dealing with Reovirus. It affects the joints and causes lameness among some other things. I want to medicate them asap. can anyone help me? erf
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    There doesn't seem to be a lot of info out there about it. As I posted on your previous question:

    I found this:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

    It states:
    Transmission: The infection spreads rapidly through broiler flocks, but less rapidly in caged layers. Spread is by respiratory and digestive tract routes. The virus is shed in the feces.

    Treatment: There is no satisfactory treatment available. With hens, tetracycline, molasses, and oyster shell therapy is helpful.

    Prevention: A vaccine is available for use in endemic areas or on endemic farms.


    Have you thought about trying the tetracycline, molasses, and oyster shell therapy? If I had to guess, I would assume that the tetracycline treats secondary infections to allow the bird's body the strength to fight the reovirus, the molasses provides extra energy and acts as a flush to rid the body of toxins, and the oyster shell provides extra calcium to strengthen the bones. It's worth a shot.
     

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