Bird Disease Affecting Doves, Pigeons, in Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada wildlife and health officials say doves and pigeons in the Reno-Sparks area are being affected by disease.

Officials have received reports of at least 20 dead and dying doves and pigeons in the past week.

Experts say an investigation shows the birds are infected with an avian parasite (called trichomoniasis).

It does not pose a threat to humans, but can infect other birds such as raptors, caged bird and domestic turkeys and chickens.

To guard against the disease, biologists recommend keeping areas around feeders and bird baths clean, and to disinfect them twice monthly with a solution of bleach.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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