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NY seeks help to identify presence of wild turkey disease

From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

-- New York’s DEC  is seeking residents’ help in identifying whether an emerging disease called Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus (LPDV) is present in New York State's wild turkeys.

Skin lesions sometimes caused by LPDV resemble those caused by avian pox, another viral disease that has frequently been recorded in wild turkeys in New York. Because of the similarity in lesions, the department is concerned that the presence of LPDV may be overlooked or dismissed as avian pox.

DEC's Wildlife Health Unit would like to obtain samples of birds harvested or any birds residents encounter with these lesions. For instructions on how to provide a sample, please contact the regional DEC office or send an e-mail request to

The department advises against eating any wild animals that appear sick.

More information is available about LPDV in turkeys in the January issue of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study Briefs.

For more information about avian pox, click here.

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