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Monitoring of wild birds for Newcastle disease virus in north Queensland, Australia.Wild aquatic birds (WABs) are considered as reservoir hosts for Newcastle disease viruses (NDVs) and may act as vectors for transferring these viruses to poultry, causing outbreaks of disease. A 3-year epidemiological study was conducted on WABs of north Queensland from April 2007 to March 2010. Swab and fresh moist faecal samples of WABs were screened to detect Newcastle disease viral (NDV) RNA by one-step real time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) in multiplex primers, ...201221945812
causes of morbidity and mortality of wild aquatic birds at billabong sanctuary, townsville, north queensland, australia.infectious diseases are common causes of significant morbidity and mortality events of wild aquatic birds (wabs) worldwide. reports of australian events are infrequent. a 3-yr passive surveillance program investigating the common causes of morbidity and mortality of wabs was conducted at billabong sanctuary near townsville, north queensland, from april 2007 to march 2010. forty-two carcasses were obtained and evaluated by clinico-pathologic, histologic, bacteriologic, and virologic (molecular) e ...201222545556
epidemiology of avian influenza in wild aquatic birds in a biosecurity hotspot, north queensland, australia.migratory birds may introduce highly pathogenic h5n1 avian influenza from southeast asia into australia via north queensland, a key stopover along the east asian-australasian flyway, with severe consequences for trade and human health. a 3-year repeated cross sectional study on the epidemiology of avian influenza in australian nomadic wild aquatic birds was conducted in this potential biosecurity hotspot using molecular and serological techniques. avian influenza virus subtypes h6 and h9 were co ...201525481624
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