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Title: Prevalence of pathogens in great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) from the western cape, south africa
Authors: Assunção, Patricia
Pontemachado, Marta De
Lafe, Christian De
Ramírez Corbera, Ana Sofía 
Rosales Santana, Rubén Sebastián 
Antunes, Nuno T.
Poveda Turrado, Carlos Guillermo 
Poveda Guerrero, José Bismarck 
UNESCO Clasification: 310905 Microbiología
310907 Patología
Keywords: Great white pelicans
Salmonella
Mycoplasma
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: 0971-2119
Journal: Journal of Applied Animal Research 
Abstract: Great White pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) breed in Africa, Europe and Asia from Greece to Vietnam. In Africa, the Western Cape is probably the only place in the world where pelican numbers have shown a sustained increase over the past few decades. Nothing is known regarding the prevalence of pathogens present in these populations. Therefore, 50 Great White Pelicans from Western Cape were tested for the presence of various bacteria and viruses by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). It was observed that 49 pelicans were positive for Mycoplasma spp., 22 for Salmonella spp. and 3 for NDV, making these a potential risk to domesticated avian species, as well as human beings. This information is to be considered while planning any expansion/control programme for this species.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/42768
ISSN: 0971-2119
DOI: 10.1080/09712119.2007.9706841
Source: Journal of Applied Animal Research[ISSN 0971-2119],v. 32, p. 29-32
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