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Dear Parrots magazine,

Protozoal problem

I am seeking any information on a parasite called Protozoal Megaloshizonts. This parasite is carried by midges and is transferred to aviary birds when bitten by an infected midge, it is not transferred from bird to bird. Protozoal Magaloshizonts has been found in the heart and/or the liver of several of my parakeets resulting in death.

I have a large aviary 14ft x 60ft in which I keep a mixed collection of parakeets. Since 2006, I have lost approximately nine parakeets, which is very distressing and, of course, I am unable to introduce new birds into my aviary.

I would be very grateful for any information on how to protect my remaining birds from being bitten by infected midges.

Ann Foster - by email

 


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