Journal article

A high prevalence of beak and feather disease virus in non-psittacine Australian birds

Jemima Amery-Gale, Marc S Marenda, Jane Owens, Paul A Eden, Glenn F Browning, Joanne M Devlin

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY | MICROBIOLOGY SOC | Published : 2017

Abstract

PURPOSE: Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) is a circovirus and the cause of psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD). This disease is characterized by feather and beak deformities and is a recognized threat to endangered Psittaciformes (parrots and cockatoos). The role that non-psittacine birds may play as reservoirs of infection is unclear. This study aimed to begin addressing this gap in our knowledge of PBFD. METHODOLOGY: Liver samples were collected from birds presented to the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Zoos Victoria's Healesville Sanctuary for veterinary care between December 2014 and December 2015, and tested for BFDV DNA using polymerase chain reaction coupled with seq..

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