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Apparently, since the press release below Petsmarts in 46 states have put their birds under quarantine...not sure if any other stores are affected but thought this should be posted here for your info. Remember, psittacosis is contagious to humans as well, so if you plan to visit any of these stores please use caution and make sure you wash up well before handling your own birds.
Here is some info on the illness:
http://www.birdsnways.com/articles/psittico.htm

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 28, 2007


Georgia Agriculture Dept. Quarantines
Some Pet Stores Due to Psittacosis

The Georgia Department of Agriculture is quarantining PetSmart stores
in the state and a Superpetz store in Martinez due to psittacosis, a
bird disease that can be transferred to humans, Commissioner of
Agriculture Tommy Irvin announced today.

Psittacosis is a bacterial disease that primarily affects parrots,
parakeets and other members of the parrot family. It is treatable but
can be fatal to the birds. Only in rare cases does it infect poultry.
The disease produces flu-like symptoms in humans, but it does not
respond to treatments for the flu. The disease is especially
dangerous to the young, the elderly and people with weakened immune
systems such as persons with chronic disease, AIDS or HIV infection or
those taking chemotherapy for cancer.

"We have had two confirmed cases of psittacosis at PetSmart stores in
Hiram and Woodstock . There have also been confirmed cases at the
dealer, Preferred Birds of Milton, Florida, that supplied birds to all
the stores we are quarantining," said Commissioner Irvin.

"PetSmart had already begun a quarantine, but the quarantine did not
meet all state requirements. We are requiring PetSmart and Superpetz
to move the birds away from the public and to begin using medicated
feed to treat the birds. The quarantine will last 45 days or until
released by our State Veterinarian," said Commissioner Irvin.

The quarantine applies only to birds sold at the stores, not to other
animals.

If you purchased a bird from PetSmart or the Martinez Superpetz and
have concerns about its health, please contact your veterinarian, or
if you have concerns about your health, contact your health care
provider or local health department.
 

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I was at our local petsmart yesterday and noticed all the birds were under quarantine. I'm not a big panicer but could someone catch this by just looking at the birds? Could toys purchased from the store carry the desease? what do you think?
 

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I don't know, I never go to chain stores, and I never buy birds from stores either.

Poor little birds. :(

Just to be on the safe side, I wouldn't reccomend anyone in the US going to petsmart until this is over.
 

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I bought my two little budgies from petsmart because I hate seeing all their budgies getting in fights because they have no room to move or even breathe! But that was way before this quarantine and psittacosis was going on.
I live in Georgia and when I went in there to get a toy and some food for Tiki and Ive, all the birds just gone. It made me really mad because even with the birds gone they don't take the time to even clean out the cages when they can sell again! UGHHHH!
I felt so bad for all those birds, and I will not by my tiel from them or any other chain or mill.
 

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Yikes, when I was in yesterday the birds were still in thier cages there were just signs up saying there will be no purchases until the end of January. I hope i didn't carry anything home.
 

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It spreads by inhaling the dust in the air from dried droppings that are infected and by handling the bird.
 

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How terrible!! I bet loads of people will unknowingly take it home with them not knowing how it's spread. :(
 

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Yup...your best bet is to stay of out of these petstores until it's all over and limit the amount of time you go there otherwise. You never know so better safe then sorry. Also, make sure you wash up and change clothing before handling your own birds.
 

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OH dear, sounds nasty. Just hope it doesn't spread to much. :(
 
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