A status update on the RESULTS of PIGEON TESTING in SOUTH AFRICA; August 2017 (and showing historic results)
Diagnostic tests were
carried out by Dr Rob Conradie at selected pet shops in the Gauteng
area. The following shows the percentage of birds that tested positive
for the respective disease so far in 2016, with comparison to 2015
Jan to July 2017
Up to May 2016
Haemoproteus/Malaria or pseudomalaria
No 2015 records
August 2017 comments:
627 birds have been tested during this period.
The new Salmonella test kits (available from Medpet) were used on 31
lofts. This has proven to be a very effective tool to see if
Salmonella is confirmed before treatment.
Salmonella is clearly a problem at the moment.
The Salmonella test kit has been shown to be accurate by a bacteriologist in an independent laboratory.
Thank you Dr Rob Conradie for the tests done and the continuous feedback.
May 2016 comments:
There has been a marked increase in the incidence of worms, especially
tapeworm, over the last year. This is noted from our test results as
well as from what fanciers are reporting. The eggs/segments are seen
with the naked eye.
These results will be updated on a regular basis throughout the year.
Any new or interesting developments will be reported immediately.
With thanks to Dr Rob Conradie for the tests done and results given.
more information about some of the above diseases and other copmmon
avian diseases that the pigeon fancier can encounter, see the Medpet
article on Common Avian Diseases.