A highly infectious rotavirus disease has been found in racing and non-racing pigeons in several states, including NSW. Contact your vet if you suspect rotavirus in your pigeons.
Biosecurity recommendations for the pigeon industry in NSW include:
- Avoid mixing pigeons (eg. racing, shows, sales) from unaffected and affected lofts
- Pigeon fanciers whose loft has been affected should maintain strict biosecurity measures, including (but not limited to) not selling pigeons to unaffected lofts, loft hygiene and visitor restrictions to prevent disease spread
- Pigeon fanciers in unaffected areas should still maintain strict biosecurity measures, including (but not limited to) no pigeon introductions from affected lofts, cleaning and disinfection of second hand equipment, visitor restrictions and cleaning clothing/boots after contact with other pigeons to prevent the entry and spread of the disease