Monitoring presence and annual variation of trichomoniasis in mourning doves

John H. Schulz, Alex J. Bermudez, Joshua J. Millspaugh

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    Abstract

    Information about the annual variation of trichomoniasis in mourning doves (Zenaida macroura) may be important in understanding mechanisms affecting mourning dove populations. The objectives of this study were to monitor the presence and annual variation of Trichomonas gallinae for 6 yr in a local mourning dove population using hunter-killed doves. During 1998-2003, 4052 hunter-killed doves were sampled for the presence of T. gallinae; 226 (5.6%) tested positive (4.4%-10.6% range). Results of the monitoring effort were relatively consistent during the 6-yr period, with the presence of T. gallinae being within the range of previously reported estimates for mourning doves. Asymptomatic carriers in one segment of the dove population may provide a mechanism for spreading the disease to other segments of the mourning dove population.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)387-389
    Number of pages3
    JournalAvian Diseases
    Volume49
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 2005

    Keywords

    • InPouch™
    • Missouri
    • Mourning doves
    • TF
    • Trichomonas gallinae
    • Trichomoniasis
    • Zenaida macroura

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