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Avian Dis. 1987 Jul-Sep;31(3):673-6.

Serological evaluation of some psittaciformes for budgerigar fledgling disease virus.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Georgia, Athens 30605.


Breeding psittaciform birds (psittacines) from three geographically separated aviaries experiencing fledgling mortality were monitored during 1983 and 1984 for specific serum antibody to budgerigar fledgling disease virus (BFDV) using a fluorescent-antibody virus-neutralization test. Neither the time nor the extent of exposure to the virus was known. Serological titers were positive in 45% of birds sampled from Aviary 1, 25% from Aviary 2, and 11% from Aviary 3. Several species of psittacine birds within each aviary were serologically positive for BFDV. The results indicated that a papovavirus similar to BFDV appears to infect a wide range of captive adult psittacine birds. Macaws (Ara sp. and Anodorhynchus sp.) were evaluated for distribution of infection. Each species within these two genera showed positive serological titers to BFDV. Three groups of birds showed a decrease in serum antibody titer to BFDV at 1 and 2.5 months after the first sampling. Positive titers decreased from 66 to 20% for one group and from 60 to 50% for a second group in 1 month, and they decreased from 42 to 17% for a third group in 2.5 months.

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