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Avian cholera in ospreys: first occurrence and possible mode of transmission

Journal of Field Ornithology

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Abstract

In 1994, six Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) were recovered during the later stages of an epizootic of avian cholera (Pasteurella multocida) in diving ducks and seabirds on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia. Pasteurella multocida was isolated from four Ospreys submitted for bacterial examination. This is believed to be the first report of avian cholera in Ospreys. The same isolate, serotype 3,4, was isolated from the Ospreys, diving ducks,and seabirds collected during the epizootic. Possible modes of transmission of avian cholera in Ospreys were either the ingestion of sick waterfowl or use of infected carcasses or bones as nest material.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Avian cholera in ospreys: first occurrence and possible mode of transmission
Series title:
Journal of Field Ornithology
Volume
68
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1997
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 503-508
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
503
Last page:
508
Number of Pages:
6