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.
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.
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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