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Seasonal variation of the upper digestive tract yeast flora of feral pigeons

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

Feral pigeons were sampled over a 16-month period to determine whether their normal yeast flora varied according to season. Candida albicans and Saccharomyces telluris occurred during the entire sampling period, with C. albicans reaching its highest levels between August and January and S. telluris peaking from March through May. Candida krusei was present for 10 months but exhibited no predictable variation in density. Candida tropicalis, C. guilliermondii and Geotrichum were isolated on several occasions while C. lusitaniae, C. pseudotropicalis and Torulopsis glabrata were each isolated once. The high levels of infection and frequency of occurrence of some yeast species make the feral pigeon highly suspect as a carrier and disseminator of potentially pathogenic yeast.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Seasonal variation of the upper digestive tract yeast flora of feral pigeons
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
10
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1974
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
263-266
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
First page:
263
Last page:
266
Number of Pages:
4