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Three species of Plasmodium from Canada geese, Branta canadensis

Bulletin of the Wildlife Disease Association

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Abstract

Studies on Canada geese at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge in northern Michigan during the past few years have uncovered at least three species of Plasmodium: P circumflexum, P. relictum, and P. vaughani. Although rarely observed in direct blood smears from the wild hosts, isodiagnosis, using primarily domestic geese as recipients, revealed a prevalence of 60 percent in random samplings of the population. P. circumflexum is the most prevalent and mixed infections have been noted. In experimental infections, induced by blood inoculation, the malaria produced by P. circumflexum produces about a 70 percent mortality in Canada geese and about a 10 percent mortality in domestic geese.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Three species of Plasmodium from Canada geese, Branta canadensis
Series title:
Bulletin of the Wildlife Disease Association
Volume
3
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1967
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
88 (abstract)
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Bulletin of the Wildlife Disease Association
First page:
88 (abs)