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prevalence of columbid herpesvirus infection in feral pigeons (columba livia) from new south wales and victoria, australia, with spillover into a wild powerful owl (ninox struena).columbid herpesvirus-1 (cohv-1) is widespread in feral pigeons ( columba livia ) in north america and europe. we used a pcr assay to detect cohv-1 dna in oral and cloacal tissues and oral swabs from naturally infected pigeons. fifty-three feral pigeons from five flocks in australia (n=3 from south-central victoria and n=2 from sydney) were examined for cohv-1 dna. we detected cohv-1 dna in oral mucosa and cloacal mucosa, with higher concentrations in the oral mucosa. the sensitivity of testing o ...201728192040
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