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What is PMV?

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PMV is a very contagious viral infection and notifiable disease caused by the pigeon paramyxovirus affecting racing pigeons, but also feral and rarely wood pigeons. The disease is spread by direct contact between pigeons, food, water and excretions as well as via other disease carriers like pigeon fanciers. Infected pigeons show nervous sings, including trembling wings and heads, twisting of the neck, partial paralysis of wings and legs, unusually wet and liquid faeces, quietness, loss of appetite and reluctance to move.