Gamebird Skin Diseases and Multisystemic Diseases

Robert E. Porter, Teresa Y. Morishita

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From a dermatology standpoint, conditions affecting either the skin or the feathers of gamebirds are often interrelated; therefore, no attempt will be made to differentiate these conditions based on anatomic site. These conditions will be presented based on the designation of infectious versus noninfectious conditions. Additionally, there are several infectious agents, some of them previously described in the text, that were associated with one particular body system when, in fact, they can have a multisystemic presentation. This chapter addresses these multisystemic agents. Avian pox is an infectious disease of domestic and wild birds, caused by the genus Avipoxvirus from the family Poxviridae. The sternal bursa is a subcutaneous, narrow, elongated synovium-lined sac oriented along the keel of the sternum. Marble spleen disease is a fatal disease of commercial pheasants that are over 3 months of age, and is caused by a siadenovirus that is closely related to hemorrhagic enteritis virus of turkeys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGamebird Medicine and Management
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781119712244
ISBN (Print)9781119712213
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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  • avian pox
  • gamebirds skin disease
  • infectious agents
  • marble spleen disease
  • multisystemic agents
  • sternal bursa


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