Be careful. Most birds infected with PBFD have no clinical sign of this disease. Their feathers remain perfect despite the infection.
Feather shaft constriction.
Feathers infected by PBFD virus
Mainly Cockatoo, African Grey Parrot, Eclectus.
Vertical transmission : parents -> children.
Horizontal transmission : between adult birds.
The virus may be transferred in crop secretions, in feces and in feather dust.
No specific treatment.
A vaccine has been developed, but is not currently available.
PBFD virus in liver
Organism : BFDV Circovirus
Kind : Single-stranded circular DNA
Gene : ORF1
Method : EP PCR
Viral DNA extraction
DNA multiplication of PBFD by PCR
Reading the result of the PBFD
- PBFD article in Wikipedia. Read the article
- A universal polymerase chain reaction for the detection of psittacine beak and feather disease virus. I. Ypelaar, M.R. Bassami, G.E. Wilcox, S.R. Raidal Veterinary Microbiology 68 (1999) 141±148. Read the article
- Review of psittacine beak and feather disease and its effect on Australian endangered species. aidal SR, Sarker S, Peters A. Aust Vet J. 2015 Dec;93(12):466-70. Read the article
- Psittacine beak and feather disease: a first survey of the distribution of beak and feather disease virus inside the population of captive psittacine birds in Germany.Rahaus M, Wolff MH. J Vet Med B Infect Dis Vet Public Health. 2003 Oct;50(8):368-71. Read the article