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Proventricular dilatation disease in parrots
Proventricular dilatation disease is a viral disease seen as a segmental neuropathy in parrots. It was thought to be very rare but it is not. A very interesting article from Australia!

It has always been believed to be a disease exotic to Australia, with the only reported case being a legally imported Green Wing Macaw (Ara chloroptera) in 1993.

This paper reports a cluster of cases seen in south-east Queensland in 2005 to 2006.

Clinical signs, autopsy findings and histopathological findings are described.

No pattern or common source for these cases could be identified. The implications for Australian aviculture and avifauna are discussed.


Source: RJT Doneley, RI Miller, TE Fanning (2007): Proventricular dilatation disease: an emerging exotic disease of parrots in Australia. In: Australian Veterinary Journal 85 (3), 119–123.



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