PIGEON TESTING RESULTS
A status update, August 2017



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 results:



Jan to July 2017
Up to May 2016
  2015 
Canker 34%
30%
36%
Candida 13%
5%
15%
Haemoproteus/Malaria or pseudomalaria
14%
20%
15%
Plasmodium      
0%
0%
0%
Coccidiosis   
21%
27%
25%
Roundworm 
5%
15%
12%
Hairworm  
0%
14%
0%
Tapeworm 
n/a
10%
No 2015 records
Salmonella 45%


Ornithosis 17%



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.


For 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.

                                                                                                                                                             

 
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