Several species of birds can be infected.
Wartlike growths occur on the unfeathered parts of the bird’s body.
In some cases, these lesions may extend into the mouth and/or trachea.
No. There is no evidence avian pox can infect humans.
There is no known risk to humans.
There is no evidence that people are at risk.
There is no evidence that mammals are affected, so after trimming away affected tissue and properly cooking the meat, it is safe for pets to eat. However, all pet and domestic birds, including poultry, are at risk.
Avian pox is caused by a virus and has been shown to infect numerous species of birds worldwide.
The disease is most common in warm and humid parts of the world, and it is usually observed in relation to seasonal mosquito cycles.