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    Occurence of mycoplasmas in free-ranging birds of prey in Germany (2008)

    Art
    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Autoren
    Lierz, M.
    Hagen, N.
    Hernandez-Divers, S. J.
    Hafez, H. M.
    Quelle
    Journal of wildlife diseases / Wildlife Disease Association; 44(4) — S. 845–850
    ISSN: 0090-3558
    Sprache
    Englisch
    Verweise
    Pubmed: 18957640
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    14163 Berlin
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Mycoplasmas are well-known avian pathogens of poultry and some passerines. Although reported in birds of prey, their role as pathogens is still unclear. Healthy, free-ranging raptor nestlings sampled during a routine ringing (banding) program, and birds of prey from rehabilitation centers, tested positive for Mycoplasma spp. by culture and a genus-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Given the lack of clinical signs and disease, we suggest that mycoplasmas in raptors may be commensal rather than pathogenic. Using immunobinding assay and species-specific PCR tests, Mycoplasma buteonis, M. falconis, and M. gypis were identified; M. falconis was only detected in falcons. Additionally, some isolates could not be identified. This is the first report of Mycoplasma spp. isolations from Western Marsh Harriers (Circus aeroginosus), a Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), and a Barn Owl (Tyto alba).