This page attempts to organise information collected by pigeon federation leadership groups. If you have any new information related to Pigeon Paramyxovirus or PPMV1 activity regarding your fed, then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A short video from an Australian aspect, demonstrating the Paramyxovirus Vaccination process for Pigeons.
Please be advised that the introduction from NSW to Queensland of all pigeons, pigeon eggs and fittings used with pigeons is restricted, just as is introduction from Victoria. It is permitted only under a licence issued by a Biosecurity Queensland inspector.
Because of the birds reduced appetite, supplementation with glucose and vitamins may also help.
Keeping the birds warm during the cold nights could also help recovery.
Be advised that I visited a loft today in the south West area of Sydney were clinical signs strongly indicated PPMV1
Clinical signs included:
A loft owner in Sydney south advised me of the appearance of clinical signs similar to the above in a loft of 160 pigeons that apparently are connected with a tossing event on the 20/6 where the first infected race birds also participated.
*** An Interesting and consistent element so far in Sydney has been the absence of the infection in stock birds (breeders) that are only meters away from the infected racers (although the incubation period appears to be 3 weeks).
This may indicate that the virus is not as infectious as thought.
Practically, it may suggest that good quarantine measures aiming to keep the stock birds free of infection could help.
It will require attention to details and very good biosecurity.
In particular, the earliest vaccination of the stock birds is imperative!!!
But be confident that the helper's loft is free of PPMV1 and he/she does not carry the virus. Perhaps a person not associated with pigeons is preferable as a 'helper' during vaccination.
Other basic Biosecurity measures should include;
You can probably think of a few more hazards and implement measures to reduce the risk of spread of PPMV1 to stock birds.
Fine netting (the same that is used to protect fruit trees from fruit flies) on the stock bird mesh could also help to reduce the chances of feathers and dust "breezing" in from the racers
There has been a revision from the original document from the 28th of June. This revision allows for some events to happen once you have met the provision of the schedule.Official DPI Document (5th July 2012)
The Newcastle & Coalfields Racing Pigeon Federation held a meeting on Tuesday 3rd July and resolved as follows:
We are targetting a return to racing on 18th August but this will be entirely up to the DPI.
Attached please find the required declaration forms from clubs and individuals that have fully vaccinated and wish to organise a race/gathering/event during the weeks covered by the movement restriction Order.
A general Stat Dec is not acceptable.
Please note that you do not need a JP for the attached forms.
Source: Forwarded email from Dr George Arzey.
Please be advised that a fourth loft of racing pigeons has been confirmed with PPMV1 in Sydney.
Acquisition of infection has occurred probably during a race on the 16/6.
Clinical signs are, at this stage, mild with only 2 birds dead.
It is most likely that the appearance of the clinical signs is very recent which indicates a longish incubation period (period between exposure and clinical signs).
Considering the picture that is emerging, our strongest advice is to vaccinate ASAP.
Because of the long incubation period and the mild nature of he clinical signs, pigeon fanciers should be careful when they introduce new birds to their lofts.
In the Sydney area it would be advisable to refrain from exercise where contact with other lofts are likely and as much as practical to try to coordinate exercises of neighbouring lofts so they do not occur at the same time.
The Movement Order will remain in place for another 6-8 weeks.
Fully Vaccinated loft will be exempt once they lodge a declaration with me on a NSW DPI prescribed form that will be made available (soon) on the Department Web Site.
Watch carefully for the following clinical signs;
There is no evidence that the virus can affect poultry or aviary birds HOWEVER, the virus at this time of the year can remain viable on other birds feathers and external parts for many days. Especially when not exposed to direct sunlight.
So far, evidence of presence of PPMV1 in wild pigeons in NSW has not emerged..
Source: Forwarded email from Dr George Arzey.
PPMV was confirmed in a third Sydney loft late evening yesterday. This loft had purchased pigeons at a pigeon auction around 3 weeks ago. The purchased pigeons became ill 2 to 3 days after purchase with other pigeons in the loft subsequently becoming ill and 4 birds dying. There is no known contact between pigeons from the second and third confirmed infected lofts. No known connections to fancy pigeons or Victoria. No respiratory or nervous signs. No further details are known at this stage
Source: Forwarded email from Dr George Arzey.
C.C.R.P.A. Meeting held 3/07/12, Delegates voted unanimously to introduce the ruling that if flyers do not vaccinate all their Racing & Stock birds for PMV they will not be allowed to compete in any Racing or Tossing conducted by the C.C.R.P.A.
A New schedule has been revised with a new starting date of 18/08/12, this starting date is solely depending on any updates from N.S.W. DPI.
(Will try and contact SCF to get a more readable document -Mick)
This was forwarded courtesy of Russell Short. Unsure of the destination. Sorry about the lousy formattingShow Email
I suspect that most of you received some communication, mostly indirectly, about the movement restrictions that have been imposed on pigeons in NSW. It would have been better if I had the opportunity to introduce the restrictions properly rather than people finding bits and pieces on the Web and from some media outlets. I suspect this is one reason why I am in my office on Saturday sending you this email, trying to sort out the confusion. I have been getting 'a few' inquiries about the meaning and intention of the restrictions and the points below may clarify some issues; 1.At this stage the Order is applicable to all domestic pigeons in NSW regardless of their vaccination status. 2.Consideration will be given next week to exemptions for lofts /clubs where there is satisfactory evidence that the pigeons have been vaccinated twice. 3.The required "evidence" will be determined in consultation with our legal branch. 4.The Order is primarily aimed at the prevention of the spread of PPMV1 through activities such as racing, shows and other mass gatherings. 5.The Order does not intend to restrict exercising pigeons unless the exercise takes the form of mixing and gathering of pigeons from different lofts. 6.It was not the intention of the Order to prohibit the sale of pigeons or prohibit the movements of individual pigeons in NSW. 7.Restrictions on movement of pigeons from Victoria into NSW are still in place. 8. The Order was introduced in a relative haste to mitigate the risk of activities during this weekend. The time frame also did not allow for optimal consultation. Due to the successful efforts of some members of the pigeon sector, and with the owner's permission, it is likely that the pigeons in the infected loft will be eutanased by me on Monday. Another bit of news is that the one suspect loft that I sampled on Thursday last week is free of PPMV1 infection! With the assistance of the clubs involved, I will sample a few race and tossing in-contact lofts next week in order to determine their PPMV1 status. The circulation of unfounded rumours about how the loft became infected, do not help although some people might believe that providing us with a "link" to implicate a source outside the racing fraternity may serve a useful purpose. A solid evidence rather than rumours, allegations and innuendoes are required to untangle this 'story'. As far as vaccination ?Vaccination of pigeons against PPMV1 has not been made compulsory by NSW DPI. It is left to individuals and clubs/associations to decide on their attitude and policy to vaccination. ?Contrary to rumours and perceptions held by some, the vaccine can't spread and infect other birds since it contains a dead virus that is not capable of multiplying. ?The vaccine can only protect against clinical signs (and reduce shedding) BUT not against exposure of vaccinated birds to the PPMV1 live virus and variable shedding of the virus for days or weeks even by birds that have been vaccinated. ?Hence, vaccinated birds that appear normal may harbour the PPMV1 virus if they have been exposed to it and will probably infect unvaccinated birds that come into contact with them. ?Furthermore, the vaccine will not protect vaccinated birds from carrying the virus externally on their feathers etc and therefore vaccinated birds can spread the live virus. ?For effective protection it is necessary to vaccinate ALL birds in a loft except the very young (2-3 weeks old) that should have sufficient maternal/crop immunity to protect them against the disease. ?I'll issue a vaccine permit to Vets, clubs, association, individuals ?Because the vaccine is not registered for use in pigeons, you will be required to email me/fax me a copy of a veterinary instruction on administration aspects. ?Sooner we get adoption of a widespread vaccination, sooner activities could be resume without trepidation and hick-ups. ? Apology to all that tried to reach me yesterday. I hope that the information above will answer some of your questions. Regards George Dr George Arzey Technical Specialist Poultry Senior Veterinary Officer (Avian Health) Department of Primary Industries
The Secretary of the Mid North Coast put forward some questions:
I asked the dpi questions on your behalf and mine and have received the following
Mark Johnston secretary of the Mid North Coast Pigeon Federation Inc. with a couple of questions on the PPMV1:
For the MIDCPF - all racing stopped till when ??
We are considering at this stage a 6-8 weeks ban.
- are members allowed to exercise their birds
a) around the loft
b) conduct training tosses?
Only if it involves one loft
- do all members have to vaccinate ??
We have not mandated vaccination