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December 28, 2007

Press release from the
Georgia Department of Agriculture

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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