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What is Marek's disease?

What is Marek's disease?

  • Marek's disease: A viral disease that affects poultry - it is very contagious and is a herpes virus. The virus tends to affect the nerves and cause tumors in internal organs. Poultry may be unable to lay eggs or may even die. Young birds are more susceptible than older birds with death most common between the ages of 8 and 20 weeks. The virus may attack the nervous system and result in paralysis or it may attack the visceral system and cause tumors in the internal organs. Some birds may die without any obvious symptoms.

Marek's disease is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Marek's disease, or a subtype of Marek's disease, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Marek's disease: Introduction

Types of Marek's disease:

Broader types of Marek's disease:

How serious is Marek's disease?

Prognosis of Marek's disease: Most cases end in death. It's highly contagious nature may be devastating in commercial operations. Birds may become infected and not develop symptoms but may be carriers of the virus for months - the virus can spread from these birds to unvaccinated birds.
Complications of Marek's disease: see complications of Marek's disease

What causes Marek's disease?

Causes of Marek's disease: see causes of Marek's disease

What are the symptoms of Marek's disease?

Symptoms of Marek's disease: see symptoms of Marek's disease

Complications of Marek's disease: see complications of Marek's disease

Marek's disease: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Marek's disease.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Marek's disease.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Marek's disease: Veterinarian ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Marek's disease.
Treatments for Marek's disease: see treatments for Marek's disease

Name and Aliases of Marek's disease

Main name of condition: Marek's disease

Other names or spellings for Marek's disease:

Neurolymphomatosis, Fowl Paralyses, Fowl Paralysis
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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