Immunosuppressive effects of lead

Edited by: J.Scott Feierabend and A.Brooke Russell


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Immunosuppressive effects of lead were reported as early as 1966, when it was noted that lead increased the sensitivity of rats to bacterial endotoxins (Selye et al. 1966). Since then a substantial body of literature has demonstrated adverse effects of lead on the immune system in a variety of laboratory animals, but very little has been done in this area with avian species. Such immunosuppressive effects could be of significance to waterfowl populations, considering the potential for lead ingestion by waterfowl and subsequent exposure of these birds to disease agents.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Immunosuppressive effects of lead
Year Published 1986
Language English
Publisher National Wildlife Federation
Publisher location Washington, DC
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Lead poisoning in wild waterfowl - A workshop
First page 106
Last page 109
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N