Epidemic pox and malaria in native forest birds

Hawaii's Forests and Wildlife Newsletter
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Studies by Warner in the 1950’s and van Riper in the 1970’s identified disease as a potential limiting factor in the distribution and abundance of Hawaii’s native forest birds. Mosquito-transmitted protozoan and viral infections caused by malarial parasites and pox virus were especially significant. Both organisms were introduced to the islands after the arrival of Europeans and are thought to have affected avian communities the same way that measles devastated native Hawaiian peoples.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Epidemic pox and malaria in native forest birds
Series title Hawaii's Forests and Wildlife Newsletter
Volume 8
Issue 3
Year Published 1993
Language English
Publisher Hawaii State Division of Forestry & Wildlife
Publisher location Honolulu, HI
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 10 p.
Country United States
State Hawaii