treating reovirus

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

  1. fornese

    fornese Out Of The Brooder

    May 22, 2008
    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

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    There doesn't seem to be a lot of info out there about it. As I posted on your previous question:

    I found this:

    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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