Fatal chlamydia avium infection in captive picazuro pigeons, the Netherlands

Kik, Marja; Heijne, Marloes; IJzer, Jooske; Grinwis, Guy; Pannekoek, Yvonne; Gröne, Andrea


In 2016, an outbreak of Chlamydia avium infection occurred among Picazuro pigeons (Patagioenas picazuro) living in an aviary in the Netherlands. Molecular typing revealed a unique strain of C. avium. Our findings show that C. avium infection, which usually causes subclinical infection, can cause fatal disease in pigeons.