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Are wetlands the reservoir for avian cholera?

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

Wetlands have long been suspected to be an important reservoir for Pasteurella multocida and therefore the likely source of avian cholera outbreaks. During the fall of 1995a??98 we collected sediment and water samples from 44 wetlands where avian cholera epizootics occurred the previous winter or spring. We attempted to isolate P. multocida in sediment and surface water samples from 10 locations distributed throughout each wetland. We were not able to isolate P. multocida from any of the 440 water and 440 sediment samples collected from these wetlands. In contrast, during other investigations of avian cholera we isolated P. multocida from 20 of 44 wetlands, including 7% of the water and 4.5% of the sediment samples collected during or shortly following epizootic events. Our results indicate that wetlands are an unlikely reservoir for the bacteria that causes avian cholera.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Are wetlands the reservoir for avian cholera?
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
40
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 377-382
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
First page:
377
Last page:
382
Number of Pages:
6