Marek’s Disease in Birds from WI flea market


A vet tech colleague just reached out to me with this news:
Just a heads up. Not sure your clients go towards Milwaukee for birds….but I rescued 2 New Hampshire’s that were 10 weeks old. Originally purchased as day old chicks from the 7 Mile Fair/Flea Market. Both I euthanized due to neurologic issues and the necropsies came back positive for Marek’s. The woman who sells them is in the Burlington/Salem, Wisc area. I don’t know who she is except she sells at low class places in mass quantity.
Please be careful where you buy your birds. Swap meets can facilitate the spread of airborne diseases such as Marek’s. Feather dander and fecal matter can also carry pathogens.
It’s best to purchase from reputable sources who practice good biosecurity measures.
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