Poxvirus can affect any species of bird. It is often called after the species that is being affected. So you have lovebird pox, finch pox, canary pox, and so on. The causative agent belongs to the same family as smallpox virus. Birds can get the infection from the bites of mosquitoes that became infected with the virus after feeding on another infected bird. Fortunately, birds that recover from the infection don’t remain as carriers of the illness.
Tips to protect birds from infection
- Birds that are placed outdoors should be housed in screened enclosures to avoid the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.
- Since injuries to the skin increase the risk of infection, any wound should be treated immediately.
- Infected birds should be quarantined; always wash your hands with soap and water after handling a sick bird or objects that they have come in contact with.
- Food and water bowls, cage furniture, etc. Call your pet health care of the ill bird should be washed and disinfected using a suitable disinfectant.