Journal article

Avian viral surveillance in Victoria, Australia, and detection of two novel avian herpesviruses

Jemima Amery-Gale, Carol A Hartley, Paola K Vaz, Marc S Marenda, Jane Owens, Paul A Eden, Joanne M Devlin

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2018

Abstract

Viruses in avian hosts can pose threats to avian health and some have zoonotic potential. Hospitals that provide veterinary care for avian patients may serve as a site of exposure of other birds and human staff in the facility to these viruses. They can also provide a useful location to collect samples from avian patients in order to examine the viruses present in wild birds. This study aimed to investigate viruses of biosecurity and/or zoonotic significance in Australian birds by screening samples collected from 409 birds presented to the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Zoos Victoria's Healesville Sanctuary for veterinary care between December 2014 and December 2015. Samples were teste..

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