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Figtoria 06-03-2015 09:17 AM

How Common is psittacosis?
I just finished the horror story in the "Is Quarantine THAT Important" thread and I'm just wondering how common psittacosis is??

I'm in southern Ontario and I'm preparing for my new budgie, I don't have one yet. I was planning to go to a local breeder, not a pet shop, but I'm a little worried about bringing this disease home to my family.

I have two kids 22 and 12 and I don't want to infect them or myself or my husband.

Is this a common problem?

FaeryBee 06-03-2015 09:26 AM

Generally, there is little risk of you contracting the disease from your budgie. Keeping the bird's cage and area around it clean is most important. The majority of cases of the disease in humans occur in poultry houses where conditions are not optimal.

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Figtoria 06-03-2015 10:00 AM

Thank you! You have eased my mind.

CaptainHowdy 06-03-2015 12:43 PM

The best thing to do is to ensure you disease test all new birds comibg into your home. Make sure to test by blood not faecal sample.

FaeryBee 06-03-2015 01:42 PM

Excellent advice from Amelia -- It's always a good idea to have a wellness check-up anytime you get a new pet!

I to meant mention earlier that I have 3 lovebirds and 2 budgies that are housed in my 9x12 bedroom which is also shared by my two shelties.

I clean the four flight cages in my bedroom every morning using white vinegar.
The carpets are vacuumed usually twice a day and sometimes more frequently than that. :rolleyes:

I keep a HEPA filtered air purifier running in that room at all times.

Although I have severe allergies, my symptoms have not increased or worsened in the time I've had my birds.

Oh - and I have two more budgies housed downstairs in my living room.
Their flight cage is cleaned on the same schedule as the ones upstairs. ;)

Jonah 06-03-2015 02:19 PM

Amelia gives excellent advice. Unless I was getting a bird from a very trusted and reputable source, it would be immediately tested. It was just last summer that a large pet store chain pulled all of their birds because of this disease.

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