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Pigeon paramyxovirus is a viral disease of pigeons.  The virus has also been detected in other bird species. It has not been detected in parrots.


How is the virus transmitted?

The virus is spread directly from pigeon to pigeon, on cage material, feed and through common water containers. The virus can also be carried on the clothes, hands and feet of pigeon handlers.


What are the clinical signs of Pigeon Paramyxovirus?


What is the treatment for Pigeon Paramyxovirus?

The virus does not respond to treatment although supportive care by a veterinarian may reduce the severity of the disease and increase the chances of survival.


How do I protect my pigeons?


What to do if my pigeons are sick?

Pigeon paramyxovirus is a notifiable disease in NSW. If you suspect your pigeons may have the virus call your private veterinarian immediately. The Department of Primary Industries will pay for testing at the laboratory. If your veterinarian is unavailable call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888. It is especially important to keep all sick pigeons in a flock confined. Do not sell or move pigeons to another flock until laboratory test results are available.


Does the disease affect humans or other pets?

Human infection with Pigeon Paramyxovirus has not been reported. Human infection with other bird paramyxoviruses is rare and usually occurs only in people who have very close contact with infected birds. The virus causes a mild conjunctivitis.

There have been no reported cases of disease in dogs, cats and other non-avian species that come into contact with infected pigeons.




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