Avian paramyxovirus type 1 infections in racing pigeons in California. I. Clinical signs, pathology, and serology.

J. T. Barton, A. A. Bickford, G. L. Cooper, B. R. Charlton, C. J. Cardona

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Abstract

An outbreak of diarrhea and neurological disease in California racing pigeons caused by avian paramyxovirus type 1 (PMV-1) is documented. Predominant clinical signs were polydipsia, ataxia, poor balance, torticollis, head tremors, inability to fly, and diarrhea that was unresponsive to therapy. Gross pathologic findings were often unremarkable or non-specific. The predominant histologic lesions were interstitial nephritis, chronic tubular necrosis, lymphoplasmacytic infiltration within the kidney, liver, and pancreas, and focal non-suppurative encephalitis. Pigeons from 20 submissions demonstrated characteristic clinical signs of PMV-1 infection. Pigeons from 17 submissions exhibited typical histopathology. Serologic evidence of PMV-1 infection was present in pigeons from 13 submissions, and PMV-1 was isolated from pigeons received in six submissions. None of these pigeons had been vaccinated against PMV-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-468
Number of pages6
JournalAvian Diseases
Volume36
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Immunology
  • veterinary(all)

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    Barton, J. T., Bickford, A. A., Cooper, G. L., Charlton, B. R., & Cardona, C. J. (1992). Avian paramyxovirus type 1 infections in racing pigeons in California. I. Clinical signs, pathology, and serology. Avian Diseases, 36(2), 463-468.