Mystery Bird Illness Turns Living Birds Into Zombies

  • Pigeons who fall ill with pigeon paramyxovirus, a disease also known as PPMV or Newcastle’s Disease, will experience a range of neurological symptoms, such as a violently twisted neck and trembling wings.
  • They also dramatically lose weight, have green droppings, walk in circles (often meaning they can’t fly), and are reluctant to move.
  • While the disease cannot affect humans, it can cause conjunctivitis in those handling the sick birds and so caution is advised.
  • The condition and its alarming symptoms have caused people to call infected birds ‘zombie pigeons’. Here’s what you need to know about the disease.
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