Numerous cases of an undiagnosed fatal pigeon disease are being reported in many pigeon lofts east of the Mississippi and in Europe. Literally thousands of pigeons of many different breeds have died; show breeds and racing homers among the hardest hit. It has not been detected in feral pigeons as of yet. Lofts are reporting 50-75% losses with hundreds of losses from individual breeders…as many as 800 pigeons in one case. The Schools of Veterinarian medicine at the University of Minnesota, Michigan State, and University of Pennsylvania are all currently and actively investigating the disease. Avian influenza has been ruled out, although it does appear to be viral in origin. Typically, the diagnosis has been difficult because of the potential for secondary infections. The symptoms vary widely. Some birds may appear to lose their appetite, quickly lose weight, and die within a few days. Other, apparently healthy birds with good body weight die suddenly over night. The route of transmission is unknown at this point in time.
Jerry Cagne at Foy’s Pigeon Supplies in Pennsylvania has been hit by the disease, has as much knowledge as anyone at this point, and is writing an article for the Purebred Pigeon magazine and the NBRC Bulletin, as well as others. The Presidents of the NPA and the American Racing Pigeon Union have not come out with any statements, just yet, for fear of causing widespread over-reaction, until more is known. As was stated earlier.
Cliff Ball, NBRC Director at Large
This is a part of an Alert memo was sent to me through LA Pigeon Club. Although grim, I would like to add that approximately six months ago the authority in Egypt have burned down and confiscated all sort of birds in (Souk El Tonsy) that is considered the largest market hub for pigeons and various birds in Cairo. The brief government statement declared a radical decontamination had to ensue for health reasons.
A bird and small animal market where Fanciers gather every Friday afternoon to sell, trade and discuss fancy related matters. . It was a good outing for kids in my own age then to meet and learn. While I regret this action, I know that fanciers will always have a way to build up again and better yet.
I have wondered if that has anything to do with the European incident? is it the same disease? and Where did it start? Is this going to affect importing pigeons to the USA fro Europe?
Your feed back and thoughts will help us all. Thank you, Adel Salem
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