Let's talk about this wee "bug". If you happen to share your life with birds, you will probably be exposed to this pathogen at some point. It is distributed worldwide and is seen primarily in chickens and turkeys but ducks, geese, guinea fowl, parrots, pheasants and quail are also prone to infections.
In 2016 an outbreak was identified in Western Australia and over the next few years there were separate outbreaks identified in other Australia states, Europe and New Zealand. Last year (2019) at the beginning of March there was a notification of the presence of a Rotavirus outbreak in racing pigeons in both Auckland and Christchurch.
WARNING: The photos are post mortem examinations from a clinical case and not for the squeamish.
This fungus often presents in poultry, but non-poultry birds are also affected. In most cases this issue is seen after hatching/brooding due to inhalation of fungal spores from contaminated equipment. Respiratory signs are often seen with changes to the "voice" or crow of the patient. Infection is often in those animals who are immune suppressed or exposed to high spore counts
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Are you on the “Chemical Treadmill”?
Any pest control product that is applied does NOT just disappear into “thin air”. A pesticide, chemical or antibiotic must either be metabolized, broken down chemically/physically, or it remains as a residue in the environment or host organism. Most often, it does not just impact the target pest but also may harm the host or area being treated.