Disease that decimated the pigeons in Australia, dangerous for people

Unexplored virus that has the ability to be transmitted to people, destroyed a huge number of pigeons in the Australian state of Victoria. Agriculture Minister beat a panic epidemiologists noted an outbreak of a new "beast" for the first time.

According to the Chief Medical Officer of Australia Mark Schippa, the killer is the avian paramyxovirus. Deadly infection can kill all farmed poultry in the state, said the agency "Xinhua".

Birds began to die suddenly and in large quantities. Before his death, poor birds showed all the signs of a nervous breakdown: danced and shook their heads.

Cases of human infection are rare and are usually found among those who touched a sick bird with his hands and put it to his face.

Ivan Yurchenko

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