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Immunologic status of mourning doves following an epizootic of trichomoniasis

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

An epizootic of trichomoniasis in mourning doves at the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge began in 1969 and continued into 1970. The disease was seen in 16% of the adults and 2% of the immatures in 1970, but only one immature bird out of 37 surveyed (3%) carried Trichomonas gallinae. Challenge infection of 33 doves from the epizootic area showed 85 percent to be resistant to trichomoniasis, compared to 69 percent resistance in doves from Maryland, where no epizootic has occurred for at least 3 years. Plasma protein changes which occurred following challenge infection were identical in CSNWR and Maryland doves which showed evidence of disease. Of the doves which showed no signs of disease, those from the CSNWR exhibited no change in beta globulins, identical to the response in pigeons which survive an infection by T. gallinae, but they had some tissue invasion by the parasite.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Immunologic status of mourning doves following an epizootic of trichomoniasis
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
8
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1972
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
176-180
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
176
Last page:
180
Number of Pages:
5