The Georgia Department of Agriculture has quarantined PetSmart stores in the state and a Superpetz store in Martinez after an outbreak of psittacosis, a bird disease that can be transferred to humans. The bacterial disease mainly affects parrots, parakeets and similar birds.
The quarantine is stopping sales of birds and will last up to 45 days.
“We have had two confirmed cases of psittacosis at PetSmart stores in Hiram and Woodstock,” said Tommy Irvin, the state’s commissioner of agriculture. “There have also been confirmed cases at the dealer, Preferred Birds of Milton, Fla., that supplies birds to all the stores we are quarantining.”
PetSmart thinks the birds were exposed to the bacteria before arriving in stores.
It also seems that PetSmart has known about this for about a month because one pet store manager said that the store pulled out the cockatiels over a month ago.
Also, the Washington State Department of Health also stated that 20 PetSmart stores in the state of Washington receive shipments from Preferred Birds and has warned that those birds may possibly be affected with psittacosis.