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Bordatella Infection: Bird Term of the Day

The species Bordatella avium causes the avian disease bordetellosis, which causes lockjaw in cockatiel chicks.

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Cockatiels courtesy of Anne Wolff, New Jersey
Bordetellosis causes lockjaw in cockatiel chicks and can cause death if treatment is not started quickly.

Bordatella infection: (noun) A genus of gram-negative bacteria. The species Bordatella avium causes the avian disease bordetellosis, which causes lockjaw in cockatiel chicks. This highly contagious disease can cause death in cockatiel chicks if treatment is not started quickly after symptoms occur. Symptoms for cockatiel chicks include lethargy,runny nose, eyes and respiratory signs. The severity of the avian disease varies with different bird species. Other Bordatella species are also the most common cause of kennel cough (Bordatella bronchiseptica) in dogs and whooping cough (B. pertussis) in humans.

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I wonder what percentage of baby 'tiels are affected by this disease.
Barbara, Kerrville, TX
Posted: 6/19/2011 1:47:04 PM
Scary if you have a cockatiel chjick!
valerie, glen oaks, NY
Posted: 11/23/2010 9:10:53 AM
Very interesting
joan, franklin square, NY
Posted: 11/23/2010 9:06:11 AM
Thanks!
Terry, Houston, TX
Posted: 11/23/2010 2:11:26 AM
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