For many pigeon fanciers paratyphus or salmonellosis is the most feared pigeon disease. The causative agent is the Salmonella typhimurium var. Copenhagen bacteria who’s presence in our pigeon lofts is much higher than generally supposed. This affection mostly causes intestinal problems (diarrhoea) but can also penetrate the intestinal tract and cause internal and neurotic problems.
In a lot of pigeon lofts this bacteria causes bad breeding- and competition performances without any clearly visible clinical signs. Therefore we recommend to treat twice a year preventively. Direct contact with contaminated pigeons or their droppings is the infection way by which the affection is being transmitted. There is also vertical transmission from parent to young through the egg.