Anyone who shares their life with a Parrot, should be familiar with this deadly disease. I have done a great deal of research on the subject myself and there is a wealth of information readily available throughout the internet. I have collected many of those articles and will provide the links for everyone here.
PBFD is a viral disease, it is spread by direct contact of affected birds and by spread of feather dust, dander and fecal material. Viral particles can be spread in feather dust carried by air currents, dried feces or even on the clothing of human handlers. Nest materials, feeding formula, feeding utensils, nets, bird carriers, food dishes and other fomites are easily contaminated with this virus. Since the virus particles can remain viable in the environment for months or even years, long after the infected bird is gone, there is a high potential for widespread infection of an entire flock of birds.
I want to highly caution anyone who visits other birds, be it in rescues, bird fairs/expos, pet stores etc. If you are coming in contact with birds and you are unfamiliar with their care or testing, then you are putting your own flock at risk. This would also include other humans who care for parrots. This disease can be carried home on your clothing and skin. Anytime you come in contact with another parrot, you need to practice very sterile conditions before you interact with your own beloved parrots again.
Even if a bird does not show symptoms of the disease, it can still be viable. There is no known cure for this devastating disease. Know the facts to protect your Feathered Angels!
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