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J Parasitol. 2004 Apr;90(2):433-5.

Epizootiology of Plasmodium hermani in Florida: chronicity of experimental infections in domestic turkeys and northern bobwhites.

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  • 1Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA.


A pen-reared northern bobwhite and a domestic turkey were infected with a strain of Plasmodium hermani obtained originally from a wild turkey in southern Florida. Blood films from these 2 birds were positive microscopically for 188 and 370 days postinfection (PI), respectively. Culicine mosquitoes (Culex nigripalpus and C. salinarius) were blood fed on the bobwhite and the turkey at different times during the infection and used to transmit the malaria to other bobwhites and turkeys up to days 298 and 473 PI, respectively. It was concluded that in nature, P. hermani could remain in a chronic phase in avian hosts for a year, or longer, allowing survival of the parasite between seasons of mosquito transmission.

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