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Exp Appl Acarol. 2011 Dec;55(4):329-38. doi: 10.1007/s10493-011-9478-9. Epub 2011 Jul 15.

Chlamydia psittaci infection in canaries heavily infested by Dermanyssus gallinae.

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Department of Public Health and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari "Aldo Moro", S. P. Casamassima km. 3, 70010 Valenzano, Bari, Italy.


Dermanyssus gallinae is a haematophagous ectoparasite responsible for anemia, weight loss, dermatitis and a decrease in egg production. Dermanyssus gallinae may play a role in the modulation of the host immune system, maybe predisposing the host to some bacterial infections such as chlamydiosis. This is an important zoonosis. Humans are exposed to Chlamydia psittaci through inhalation of the agent dispersed from the infected birds. In this study, a syndrome observed in an aviary of canaries was investigated. A heavy infestation by D. gallinae was reported. Simultaneously, a C. psittaci infection was molecularly confirmed in the canaries. Combined therapy was applied successfully. The association of C. psittaci with the examined mites has been confirmed. Therefore, we think that D. gallinae have played a role in the spreading of C. psittaci infection among the canaries. Moreover, D. gallinae could have played an important role predisposing the canaries to the development of chlamydiosis, by inducing anemia and debilitation. The control of mites in the aviaries may represent a crucial step for the prevention of important infection such as chlamydiosis in birds and humans.

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