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
VETERINARY MICROBIOLOGY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019
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..View full abstract
The authors gratefully acknowledge the AAVAC Research Fund and the ANZCVS Fellowship Research Grant for the financial support that made this research project possible.