The virus involved in Marek’s Disease (MD) is very common and affects chickens and turkeys in every part of the world. The tumour-causing virus varies in its pathogenicity (ability/severity of infection), but once infected the chicken carries the virus for its entire life.
Large parrots have always been a point of fascination for people, they see them in shops, movies, on TV and they fall in awe. With more and more people buying these birds, comes more and more people breeding them to meet that demand, sadly though, the general public have a very poor understanding of the reality of owning these birds.
A recent outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis has be reported on the North Island of New Zealand.New Zealand was thought to be free of this bacteria but recent detections in commercial flocks and illnesses have occurred.Poultry, as well as insects, rodents, wild birds and other animals, can carry this bacteria and do not always show signs of disease.