Turkeypox virus

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Turkeypox virus
Virus classification
Group: Group I (dsDNA)
Order: Unassigned
Family: Poxviridae
Subfamily: Chordopoxvirinae
Genus: Avipoxvirus
Species: Turkeypox virus

Turkeypox virus is a virus of the family Poxviridae and the genus Avipoxvirus that causes turkeypox.[1] It is one of the most common diseases in the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) population.[2] Turkeypox, like all avipoxviruses, is transmitted either through skin contact or by arthropods (typically mosquitos) acting as mechanical vectors.[3] Infection is more severe in 1-week-old poults than 10-week-old poults and co-infection with Plasmodium hermani increases the severity of symptoms in 1-week-old poults.[2]


  1. ^ Timoney, John Francis (1988), Hagan and Bruner's Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals, Cornell University Press, ISBN 0-8014-1896-8 
  2. ^ a b Wright, E. J.; Nayar, J. K.; Forrester, D. J. (2005). "Interactive effects of turkeypox virus and Plasmodium hermani on Turkey poults". Journal of Wildlife Diseases 41 (1): 141–8. doi:10.7589/0090-3558-41.1.141. PMID 15827220. 
  3. ^ Wobeser, Gary A. (1997), Diseases of Wild Waterfowl, Springer, p. 50, ISBN 0-306-45590-0