Experimental infections with fowl pox in chickens

Experimental infections with fowl pox in chickens
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Seven groups of chickens were challenged with a field isolate of fowl pox virus at 18 weeks old. The birds in the groups that bad been vaccinated 3 weeks previously with fowl pox vaccinates showed no signs of disease. Birds which had not been vaccinated against fowl pox developed upper respiratory disease after challenge, and some birds had diphtheritic tracheitis and laryngitis which appeared identical to that commonly seen under field conditions. Seven days after challenge, fowl pox virus was recovered from the tracheas of unvaccinated birds, but not from the vaccinated ones. Intercurrent Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection appeared to extend slightly the period of respiratory disease but was not essential for development of the diphtheritic lesion.

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