An Outbreak of Encephalitis in Pigeons (Columba livia) in the Canary Islands (Spain)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1986
Authors:Carranza, J, Poveda, JB, Fernández, A
Journal:Avian Diseases
Volume:30
Issue:2
Date Published:1986
ISBN Number:00052086
Keywords:Columba, Columba livia, Columbidae, Fringillidae, Iraq, Lithaenas livia, Serinus, Serinus canaria, Spain
Abstract:An encephalitic disease in pigeons, characterized by paralysis of extremities, torticollis, head tremor, and diarrhea, is described. The negative titers in the hemagglutination tests, the presence of Feulgen-positive intranuclear inclusions in the cells of the granular layer of the cerebellum and the fibroblast culture, and the presence of viral particles with an icosahedral-herpetic morphology and a diameter of 100-170 nm all indicate that the etiology of this outbreak may be related to the encephalitis caused by herpesvirus, at present diagnosed only in Iraq and some African countries. /// Se investigó la presencia de un brote encefalítico en palomas, caracterizado por parálisis de las extremidades, tortícolis, temblores de la cabeza y diarrea. Los títulos negativos de las pruebas de hemaglutinación, la presencia de cuerpos de inclusión intranucleares Feulgen positivos en células de la capa granulosa del cerebelo y en los cultivos de fibroblastos, sumados a la presencia de partículas víricas de morfología herpética icosahédrica de unos 100-170 nm; relacionan la etiología de este brote con la encefalitis causada por un virus Herpes, diagnosticada actualmente sólo en Iraq y algunos países Africanos.
URL:http://www.jstor.org/stable/1590549
Short Title:Avian Diseases
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