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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON PMV VACCINES
Lohmann Animanl Health International is no longer in production of the PMV vaccine & there is no American made vaccine available at this time! We are not licensed to sell European vaccines. We are hopeful that USDA will approve an American made PMV vaccine very shortly so that we can start supplying that!
Pigeon Paramyxo Virus by the Pigeon Vaccine Lab
Pigeon Paramyxo Virus causes a devastating disease in pigeons. It is endemic in the feral pigeon population and is highly contagious, especially among young pigeons. Until recently, this disease has been relatively unknown in domestic pigeons, due to routine vaccination; since domestic production of vaccine specific to pigeon Paramyxo virus has been halted by the USDA for the past year, this is about to change. Pigeon Paramyxo virus attacks two major tissue types: nervous tissue (both central and peripheral) and kidney tissue; hence the clinical signs of this disease stem from these systems. Neurological signs would include head and neck twisting and/or twitching; balance, movement, coordination and perception problems; as well as others. Kidney (renal) problems are most often expressed as a profuse, clear, watery diarrhea, with dehydration and compensating excessive consumption of drinking water (chronic renal failure). In addition to the above signs, this virus also immune suppresses the birds. Since the young birds' immune system is rudimentary (at best), this disease is especially severe in young birds, often to the point of being fatal. Older birds given good supportive care, with a well established immune system, usually recover uneventfully. During January, '15, the USDA arbitrarily (and unilaterally) decided to ban domestic production of pigeon Paramyxo vaccine, despite the fact that the virus is ubiquitous and the then current vaccine worked very well. To protect our pigeons in the face of this hardship, the best solution is to use a water soluble, modified-live Newcastle vaccine (zB. LaSota, et al.) every six weeks. This should start before and run throughout breeding season. For young birds, this should start before and run throughout training, racing and show season. Although this is far from ideal, it has been used before with success in large pigeon operations where catching and vaccinating each pigeon by hand was not feasible. Since the immunity acquired from Newcastle vaccines in pigeons is unpredictable in both degree and duration, the every six week repetition is necessary. Since pigeons do not host Newcastle well, a higher dose than the usual poultry dose would be appropriate. In birds already sick with the disease, there is no direct treatment because pigeon Paramyxo is a viral disease. The key here is supportive treatment: provide for the bird's needs; keep the bird's physiology as close to normal as possible; treat any secondary conditions (infections). For neurological signs, this would include force/assist feeding and hydrating the bird until it can eat/drink on its own; providing postural support for birds that cannot stand/ balance. For kidney signs, obviously be sure that the birds is adequately hydrated; since diarrhea depletes water soluble vitamins and electrolytes, these will need to be supplemented in the water. In any disease outbreak, it is always advisable to segregate/ isolate any sick birds. Since the incubation period for this disease is four to seven days, be sure to observe the healthy birds, regularly and often, for any that might become sick, and isolate them as well. To begin controlling this disease in healthy birds, vaccinate all apparently healthy birds; since sick birds already have the disease, vaccination would be inappropriate. As with any disease, appropriate clean up and disinfection should follow after the disease is cleared up. Standard cleaning equipment and supplies should be used: pressure washer (if necessary; or car wash for portable equipment), chlorox in soapy water, rinse solution with disinfectant (e.g. TSP, et al.), and thorough drying time (half a week or more).
Letter Provided by Dr. Paul Miller
LaSota (Item #0440) $8.95 & New Castle (Item #0441) $19.95 are now available at Siegel's. Just call 1-800-437-4436 for details!
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