Case report: Pox in the mourning dove in Maryland

Avian Diseases
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Although trichomoniasis has received attention as a cause of death among mourning doves (Zenaidura macroura),  ittle work has been done on other diseases of this species. Kossack and Hanson2 reported the occurrence of pox lesions in mourning doves in Illinois. Rosen3 reported that "pigeon pox" had caused a severe mortality in a mourning dove flock near Yreka, Siskiyou County, California.

A severe outbreak of pox that occurred in a captive flock of mourning doves at the Patuxent Research Refuge further emphasizes the need for more study of this disease as a cause of dove mortality. Twenty-two mourning doves were live trapped on the Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland, in September, 1958. The doves were examined for presence of Trichomonas gallinae and, when found to be free of trichomonads, were made the nucleus of a captive dove colony.

A mourning dove that had a small, pink nodule on the left eyelid was captured on the Agricultural Research Center on September 17, 1958. The nodule was excised and the cut surface was treated with tincture of merthiolate. The dove then was added to the dove colony.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Case report: Pox in the mourning dove in Maryland
Series title Avian Diseases
DOI 10.2307/1587506
Volume 4
Issue 2
Year Published 1960
Language English
Publisher American Association of Avian Pathologists
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 4 p.
First page 199
Last page 202
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