Journal article

Disease surveillance in wild Victorian cacatuids reveals co-infection with multiple agents and detection of novel avian viruses

Michelle Sutherland, Subir Sarker, Paola K Vaz, Alistair R Legione, Joanne M Devlin, Patricia L Macwhirter, Pamela L Whiteley, Shane R Raidal



Wild birds are known reservoirs of bacterial and viral pathogens, some of which have zoonotic potential. This poses a risk to both avian and human health, since spillover into domestic bird populations may occur. In Victoria, wild-caught cockatoos trapped under licence routinely enter commercial trade. The circovirus Beak and Feather Disease Virus (BFDV), herpesviruses, adenoviruses and Chlamydia psittaci have been identified as significant pathogens of parrots globally, with impacts on both aviculture and the conservation efforts of endangered species. In this study, we describe the results of surveillance for psittacid herpesviruses (PsHVs), psittacine adenovirus (PsAdV), BFDV and C. psitt..

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