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Post-epizootic surveys of waterfowl for duck plague (duck virus enteritis)

Avian Diseases

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Abstract

Surviving birds from nine duck plague outbreaks in urban and confined waterfowl were sampled for duck plague (DP) virus and DP antibody during 1979-86. Duck plague virus was found in combined oral and cloacal swabs of birds from three outbreaks, and DP-neutralizing antibody was demonstrated in some birds from all nine outbreaks. Greater prevalence of DP antibody and higher titers were found in survivors from confined populations than from free-flying urban populations. Free-flying waterfowl from within 52 km of four DP outbreak sites were also sampled; virus was not found in any birds, but DP antibody was found in urban waterfowl in the vicinity of an outbreak in Potterville, Michigan. No evidence of exposure to or shedding of DP virus in migratory waterfowl was found in two regions where DP appears enzootic in urban and confined waterfowl (Eastern Shore of Maryland and the vicinity of Sacramento, California).

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Post-epizootic surveys of waterfowl for duck plague (duck virus enteritis)
Series title:
Avian Diseases
Volume
32
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1988
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 722-730
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Avian Diseases
First page:
722
Last page:
730
Number of Pages:
9