Avian cholera in the central and Mississippi flyways 1979-80

Journal of Wildlife Management



Waterfowl mortality from avian cholera during July 1979-May 1980 was widespread in the Central and Mississippi flyways, occurring in a wide variety of species and locations from nesting grounds of snow geese (Chen caerulescens) on Hudson Bay south to waterfowl wintering areas on the Texas coast and playa lakes region. Mortality estimates at the various sites ranged from several birds to over 72,000. The chronological and geographic occurrence of outbreaks corresponded closely to waterfowl migrations from infected sites, suggesting that waterfowl served to distribute avian cholera along migration routes. Recurrent outbreaks at several locations suggest that these sites have become enzootic for this disease. The magnitude of avian cholera mortality and its geographic spread during 1979-80 underscores the need to address management of this disease on an intra- and inter-flyway basis.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Avian cholera in the central and Mississippi flyways 1979-80
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 48
Issue 2
Year Published 1984
Language English
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description p. 399-406
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 399
Last page 406
Country Canada, United States
Other Geospatial Central & Mississippi Flyways
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N