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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Significant Zoonotic Diseases of Lovebirds

Do you know your lovebirds may carry zoonotic diseases? What is Zoonotic disease? It is nothing but a disease that may get transmitted from an animal or bird to a human being. e.g. Anthrax

I am threatening you... Just you should be very careful while handling lovebirds. the significant zoonotic diseases of lovebirds are-

It is a bacterial disease caused by Salmonella sp. The victims may show stomach pain, fever and diarrhea that start 1 to 3 days after they get infected.


Campylobacter sp., a bacteria causing this infectious disease. The infected person will exhibit symptoms of fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramping and diarrhea. Sometimes blood in the diarrhea also being appreciated. The fever may long last for 2 to 5 days.


The causative organism is Chlamydia psittaci. The mode of transmission to human being is through breathing the organism when the dried feces, respiratory secretion, or urine of infected birds is aerosolized. The symptoms and signs of psittacosis in the affected individual are fever, abnormal intolerance to light, sweating, headache, nausea, vomiting and weakness or fatigue.


The causative organism is Mycobacterium avium. Patients with underlying lung disease or immunosuppression may develop progressive lung disease due to this organism and may require immediate attention from the physician. The affected individual will exhibit symptoms of tuberculosis including coughing, fever, emaciation and muscle weakness or fatigue.


Toxoplasma gondii may infect the owners of the lovebirds. There is possibility of abortion in the pregnant woman due to this infection. Hence care should be taken while handling the lovebirds especially with pregnant women.

New castle disease

The main caustive agent for this disease is Paramyxovirus, called PMV-1. The disease is transmitted from the infected bird through all secretions. Healthy people who are exposed to New castle disease may develop mild signs of infection (malaise) or conjunctivitis.


The mode of transmission from lovebirds is mainly through biting or scratching. The bacteria Pasteurella sp. is sole responsible for this infection. When people's respiratory tract gets infected, they may develop a severe pneumonia. Conjuctivitis is also noticed among the pet owners who exposed their eyes to the infection.

Although these diseases affect the humans from the lovebirds, you can prevent the occurrence of these Zoonotic disease in lovebirds by maintaining the flock hale and healthy.

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