Pigeon paramyxovirus (PPMV1)


Pigeon paramyxovirus type 1 (PPMV1) is an infectious viral disease affecting pigeons. PPMV1 is also known as avian paramyxovirus type 1.

In August 2011, PPMV1 was first detected in pigeon lofts in the Melbourne area. PPMV1 has been confirmed in racing, fancy and feral pigeons in NSW. The PPMV1 virus is now considered established in Australia.

Human infection with PPMV1 is rare and usually occurs only in people who have close, direct contact with infected pigeons. The virus causes only mild flu-like symptoms.

Topics include:

  • What clinical signs are seen in pigeons?
  • How will my veterinarian diagnose PPMV1 in my pigeons?
  • How does PPMV1 spread?
  • What can I do to prevent PPMV1 in my pigeons?
  • Can pigeons be vaccinated against PPMV1?
  • Do I have to report cases of PPMV1?


Primefact 1121 Seventh Edition

Published: 22 Aug 2017