Raptors: infectious diseases

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Captive raptors are frequently exposed to many infectious diseases, especially from their food sources. Protecting husbandry conditions with particular attention to biosecurity and food preparation will significantly reduce the chance of infections in captive birds. This chapter examines viral disease, bacterial disease, fungal disease and control of infectious disease in captive raptors.

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19.2 Classic neurological clinical signs in a Saker Falcon with PMV-1 infection. Falcons typically display a head tilt. (Courtesy of Tom Bailey)
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19.3 Typical areas of visceral necrosis on the liver at post-mortem examination of a falcon with herpesvirus infection. (Courtesy of Tom Bailey)
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19.4 Raptorpox. Early lesions on the feet of a falcon. Severe lesions have constricted the blood supply to the distal phalanges, resulting in avascular necrosis. Chronic lesions causing severe damage to the beak and cere. The falcon was unable to tear at its food normally. (a, courtesy of Chris Lloyd; b,c, courtesy of Tom Bailey)
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19.6 Classic endoscopic appearance of an enlarged spleen in a Peregrine Falcon with infection.
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