Fowl adenovirus

Avian adenoviruses are found worldwide and consist of 8 different species which have been associated with a wide range of virulence and are ubiquitous. Many infections are subclinical.

Most latent adenovirus infections become apparent when birds are 2-3 weeks of age and again during high stress periods.

Adenoviruses are resistant to lipid solvents, sodium deoxycholate, trypsin, 2% phenol and 50% alcohol.


Adenoviruses are transmitted vertically, and chicks hatched from infected eggs can shed the virus in their feces after they hatch.

Hosts

  • chickens
  • ducks
  • geese
  • pigeons
  • turkeys