Hi parrot friends,
This is very important news, please read
To get better insight into
the epidemiology a foundation created the “PDD RESEARCH FUND"
with the aim of raising funds through private contributions, donations
and actions of parrot-owners and -breeders like you and us. This is be
able to fund further research, because there are no national or European
funds yet available. More information you'll find below in this email.
PDD Research Fonds -
ABN AMRO Account nr. 42 94 21 699 - We hope for
your support !! Soon it is also possible through
For tests in Europe you can contact dr. Gerry
Dutch Research Institute
for Birds and Exotic Animals (NOIVBD)
Prof. dr dr hc Gerry M. Dorrestein
p/a Papegaaienpark (NOP)
5507 PP Veldhoven
T: +31 6 11 05 76 02
F: +31 40 205 27 23
for tests in USA etc please contact dr. Siwo de
Kloet from Avian Biotech International (Florida)
Main Office in the U.S.A.
Outside the U.S.: 1-850-386-1145
1336 Timberlane Road
Tallahassee, FL 32312-1766
PLEASE, FEEL FREE TO CROSSPOST THIS INFORMATION!
all owners of psittacines and other interested persons
years are we as parrot-lovers all over the word, facing different
problems of bird diseases. For many of these often fatal diseases we
have now tests available to detect infected birds.
Two years ago, researchers in America have demonstrated the existence of
an Avian Bornavirus. This virus is held responsible for the feared
Proventricular Dilation Disease (PDD).
Currently, this is one of the biggest threats among the parrots and
other psittacine in captivity in the world. This so dreaded disease is
now emerging in many places and has already caused many casualties is
several breeding collections. Many "breeders" who have to deal with this
disease have often sold their suspected birds, as long as they are still
in good condition, to earn still some money, with all its negative
There is a good chance that you sooner or later will have to deal with
this disease and a large part of your collection can / will be lost.
This is because there are birds that are infected with the virus, but
they do not get sick or die. They can be carriers and can infect
complete breeding collections.
Since last year there is an unique diagnostic tests, developed by Prof.
dr. G.M. Dorrestein of the NOIVBD in collaboration with Avans Life
sciences university in Breda the Netherlands. These tests can shown
whether a bird has become infected with the virus and, or possible is a
shedder of this virus. These tests will tell you for a 100% whether a
bird ever has been in contact with the Avian Bornavirus (ABV). This
information is for you as a breeder or parrot fancier extremely
important because an Avian Bornavirus free bird is currently is the only
weapon against the dreaded disease as PDD.
Since the beginning of 2010 this test is available for any parrot-owner
and the first results are very promising. Suspect birds are much quicker
to detect. Breeding collections can be screened, as well as new birds
before they will be added to a collection as well as young birds before
they are sold as pet birds. This will give the information whether a
bird ever has been in contact with the Avian Bornavirus or not.
PDD is a fatal disease that causes damage to the nervous system which
results in addition to central nervous problems, also symptoms of a
paralysis of the stomach and/or small intestine. The birds cannot digest
the food, get emaciated and often shed undigested seeds in their
droppings. They can show problems with balancing and show lack of
The reason why we like to approach you in this way is that we as
breeders and parrot-lovers have to get together to make further research
and testing for this disease possible.
Now we know the virus as the cause of PDD, now we can looking into very
interesting follow-up studies on the distribution and transfer of this
virus. Many questions arise like: why is the partner of a PDD bird
negative; why do birds a few flights away die of PDD? Is the virus is
also transmitted through eggs; what is the role of pests, etc.?
To get better insight into the epidemiology a foundation created the
“PDD RESEARCH FUND" with the aim of raising funds through private
contributions, donations and actions of parrot-owners and -breeders like
you and us. This is be able to fund further research, because there are
no national or European funds yet available.
Will we still have the opportunity to enjoy our collections of
psittacines for many years, than we need NOW unanimously to make money
available for this funding.
We look forward to your involvement and understanding of these problems.
PDD Research Fund
Thiely the Moor