Last Thursday, Lakewood Colorado treated a bald eagle for Avian Pox which is cause by a pox virus. So is this small pox for birds? Not exactly.

Avian Pox is an infectious disease among birds often transmitted when birds congregate at bird feeders, according to North East Wildlife. The disease can also be transmitted through biting insects such as mosquitoes, mites, fleas and flies.

Broad-spectrum antibiotics may be given to prevent secondary bacterial infections but the virus will run its course with or without treatment.

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