Journal article

Serological and growth rate responses to the use of chicken Newcastle disease vaccines in pigeons

PC Scott, TB Wilson, C Walker



OBJECTIVE: In the face of an outbreak of pigeon paramyxovirus (PPMV), a vaccination response study was undertaken to determine if pigeons in Australia would produce a serological response similar to that considered protective in chickens. DESIGN: A vaccination study evaluated serological response and safety criteria in groups of 20 pigeons. METHODS: One group served as unvaccinated controls; one group was vaccinated with a live V4 strain of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) and subsequently revaccinated 28 days later with an inactivated La Sota strain vaccine; the third group was vaccinated twice with the inactivated La Sota strain vaccine 28 days apart. Serum was collected from the birds for se..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by contributions organised by Mr Stephen Kearsey (President) on behalf of the Victorian Homing Association. Ace Laboratories and the Australian Animal Health Laboratory performed the serological testing.