Sticktight fleas associated with fowl pox in a backyard chicken flock in California

C. R. Gustafson, A. A. Bickford, G. L. Cooper, B. R. Charlton

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Abstract

A mixed breed rooster, from a backyard flock of 13 chickens, was received at California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System-Turlock Branch for postmortem examination. The bird presented with thickened, featherless, scab-encrusted skin around the head region. Numerous sticktight fleas were found attached to the encrusted skin. Microscopic evaluation of the skin revealed a lymphoplasmacytic reaction in the dermis with visible embedded flea mouthparts. Also noted histologically in this region were epidermal hyperplasia and ballooned epidermal cells containing intracytoplasmic inclusions indicative of fowl poxvirus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1006-1009
Number of pages4
JournalAvian Diseases
Volume41
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1997

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Echidnophaga gallinacea
Fowlpox
fowl pox
Siphonaptera
skin (animal)
Chickens
flocks
chickens
Skin
Poxviridae
roosters
dermis
mouthparts
Dermis
hyperplasia
Birds
Hyperplasia
Autopsy
necropsy
Head

Keywords

  • Dermatitis
  • Echidnophaga gallinacea
  • Fowl pox
  • Poxvirus
  • Sticktight flea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Cancer Research
  • veterinary(all)

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Gustafson, C. R., Bickford, A. A., Cooper, G. L., & Charlton, B. R. (1997). Sticktight fleas associated with fowl pox in a backyard chicken flock in California. Avian Diseases, 41(4), 1006-1009.

Sticktight fleas associated with fowl pox in a backyard chicken flock in California. / Gustafson, C. R.; Bickford, A. A.; Cooper, G. L.; Charlton, B. R.

In: Avian Diseases, Vol. 41, No. 4, 10.1997, p. 1006-1009.

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Gustafson, CR, Bickford, AA, Cooper, GL & Charlton, BR 1997, 'Sticktight fleas associated with fowl pox in a backyard chicken flock in California', Avian Diseases, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 1006-1009.
Gustafson CR, Bickford AA, Cooper GL, Charlton BR. Sticktight fleas associated with fowl pox in a backyard chicken flock in California. Avian Diseases. 1997 Oct;41(4):1006-1009.
Gustafson, C. R. ; Bickford, A. A. ; Cooper, G. L. ; Charlton, B. R. / Sticktight fleas associated with fowl pox in a backyard chicken flock in California. In: Avian Diseases. 1997 ; Vol. 41, No. 4. pp. 1006-1009.
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