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Beak Lesions

Posted by William on March 4, 2011

My parakeet has a fungus or something growing on his beak and around his eyes. It seems to be spreading. What should I do?

Several things can cause proliferative lesions on pet parakeets. But in my experience the most common cause of such lesions on the face are Knemidokoptes mites, commonly called scaley face or leg mites. The typical Knemidokoptes mite infestation appears as thickened, crusty, honeycomb-type lesions around the bird’s beak, eyes, cere (the enlarged area at the base of the bill), and feet. Another possible culprit: Myialges mites, which can cause crusting and flaking on parakeets, usually at the top of the bird’s head.

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Posted by William on January 5, 2011

Hepatitis is most often caused by a virus that can be passed on from one person to another (communicable). Hepatitis A, B, and C are all transmitted from one person to another. Each of these viruses has a specific means of transmission. Read on to learn how each type of hepatitis is spread.

Hepatitis A: Contaminated Food or Water
A person may get hepatitis A virus simply by eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by infected human excrement. This is called the “fecal-oral” route of transmission. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also lists the following risk factors for contracting or transmitting hepatitis A:
Household or sexual contact
Day care attendance or employment
Recent international travel
Food handlers
Individuals who have used contaminated needles

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