Qld bans pigeon importations from Vic

QUEENSLAND has joined other states in banning the importation from Victoria of pigeons, pigeon eggs, and fittings such as cages and egg boxes used with pigeons, to prevent the introduction of a virus.

Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Rick Symons said in recent weeks avian paramyxovirus had caused illness and deaths in 44 pigeon flocks around Melbourne and northern Victoria.

“Most affected flocks have been fancy breeds, but a small number of racing pigeon flocks have also been affected,” Dr Symons said.

“The disease has also been found in wild pigeons at sites near infected lofts. So far, no other species of birds have been affected.”

Avian paramyxovirus occurs widely around the world, but the recent Victorian infections are the first detections in Australia. The disease is spread mainly by the movement of birds.

The Victorian Department of Primary Industries has banned aggregations of pigeons, such as for shows, exhibitions and races.

Dr Rick Symons, said the disease had spread in Victoria by the movement of pigeons.

“The Queensland ban on Victorian pigeons is designed to protect our birds,” he said.

“I am calling on pigeon associations and racing clubs to postpone shows, exhibitions and races until the current risk is resolved.

“Queensland pigeon owners should avoid introducing any birds or mixing their birds with those of other flocks to prevent disease spread. Owners should also be vigilant for any signs of ill-health.”

If unusual signs of disease occur in pigeons or other birds, or a number die within a short time, you should immediately seek veterinary advice and report the incident to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 during business hours or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch hotline after hours – 1800 675 888.

Further information, including recommendations for protecting flocks, is available at 苏州美甲美睫培训学校biosecurity.qld.gov419论坛

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