Disease Testing


5 Things You Need to Know Before Yo...
5 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Keeping Birds

When it comes to breeding and rearing birds, early diagnosis of avian illnesses may be important. We recognize that disease testing is vital not just to the health of your birds, but also to your breeding success.

At Avian Biotech, we make it our business to make disease management and control easier. We can give high precision in your test findings by using the PCR* testing technique, the most sensitive and accurate detection tool for avian illnesses. (If you want to learn more about PCR testing and have Adobe Acrobat Reader, go here to obtain investigative study conducted by our lab.) Click here to get Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Our highly skilled laboratory clinicians test for the following diseases:

Budgerigar Fledgling Disease/Avian Polyoma Virus A virus that is present at varying degrees all throughout the globe. Polyoma may be present in adult birds in a carrier condition, with animals seeming clinically normal until stressed. Polyoma seems to be most lethal in neonates (young birds) aged 15 to 56 days. Some infected birds die without showing clinical indications of the illness, while others die 12 to 48 days after showing clinical signs. Depression, lack of appetite, weight loss, delayed crop emptying, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin bleeding are among of the symptoms. Infected birds that do not display symptoms of the illness represent a risk to other birds. It should be noted that this sickness can only be identified via blood samples.

Psittacine Feather and Beak Disease (PBFD) PBFD is the smallest known virus capable of causing illness and is part of a new family of viruses known as Circoviridae. The exact host range of PBFD is unknown, however it seems that most psittacines (parrots and parakeets) are sensitive. The incubation time for PBFD ranges from 21 days to about 18 months. Rapid weight loss, depression, shedding of growing feathers, formation of aberrant feathers, beak elongation and abnormal growth, and final death are clinical indications. Direct contact with infected feces, crop secretions, contaminated objects and surfaces, and feather dust may all result in viral transmission. Transmission to a developing egg is also conceivable. New PCR testing enables us to detect PBFD-infected birds as well as environmental contamination in incubators, nurseries, birdrooms, veterinary offices, and so on. It should be noted that this condition may be identified using blood and feather samples.

Chlamydia pneumoniae (Psittacosis) Chlamydia psittaci may infect birds of any size or age. Weight loss owing to liver illness, anorexia, hypothermia, lethargy, and yellowish-green gelatinous droppings are early clinical indications. When afflicted, birds suffer from acute depression, which may lead to mortality in up to 40% of instances. If Chlamydia psittaci is discovered early enough, it may be efficiently treated with medicines. The majority of Chlamydia psittaci strains excreted by birds, as well as certain strains produced by animals, may cause illness in humans. Humans may get infected by coming into close personal contact with an infected bird or inhaling chlamydia psittaci-containing aerosols or dust.

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