Please circulate to your members Press Release 5 December 2014 Pigeon Paramyxovirus (PPMV 1) has recently been confirmed in pigeon lofts in different locations in Victoria, affecting unvaccinated birds. The infection appears to be identical to PPMV-1 strains circulating in Victoria, NSW and Queensland since 2012, with similar clinical signs. The affected birds have been lethargic, not flying, vomiting a white tinged fluid and then dying within three days. The lofts of affected pigeons had not been vaccinated as there had not been recent outbreaks of the disease in Victoria. These incidents are a timely reminder that pigeon Paramyxovirus is considered endemic in the eastern states of Australia. The Department of Environment and Primary Industries advises Victorian pigeon keepers that to protect the health of their birds, they should apply effective biosecurity measures and maintain regular vaccinations, even in the absence of disease reports. Effective biosecurity measures include preventing contact with other racing, fancy and wild pigeons, both directly and indirectly, for example via feed and water. It also recommended that pigeon keepers; . maintain a clean loft and disinfect equipment used to house, transport, feed or water other birds; . prevent feed and water being contaminated by other birds or their droppings; . limit visitors and disinfect your footwear and wash your hand and clothes if you visit other lofts.
For more information about Pigeon Paramyxovirus please visit DEPI website at: http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/agriculture-and-food/pests-diseases-and-weeds/animal-diseases/vetsource-information-for-vets/pigeon-paramyxovirus-information-for-veterinarians
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Victorian Homing Association Incorporated
6th December 2014