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Causes of death of wild birds of the family Fringillidae in Britain.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9746945     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The provision of supplementary food for wild birds in gardens during the winter months is common in the UK, but it is possible that it may precipitate infectious diseases in the birds. This paper describes the results of postmortem examinations of 116 wild finches carried out over a period of four years. The two commonest causes of death in areas where high mortality had been reported were infections with the bacteria Salmonella typhimurium DT40 and Escherichia coli O86. Coccidia of the genera Atoxoplasma or Isospora were found in several of the birds but were considered to be incidental. Megabacteria were also identified in some of the birds, for the first time in flocks of wild birds in the UK, but they were not considered to be significant.
T W Pennycott; H M Ross; I M McLaren; A Park; G F Hopkins; G Foster
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary record     Volume:  143     ISSN:  0042-4900     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Rec.     Publication Date:  1998 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-11     Completed Date:  1998-12-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0031164     Medline TA:  Vet Rec     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
SAC Veterinary Science Division, Avian Health Unit, Auchincruive, Ayr.
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MeSH Terms
Bacterial Infections / epidemiology*
Bird Diseases / mortality*
Cause of Death*
Data Collection
Scotland / epidemiology
Comment In:
Vet Rec. 1998 Aug 22;143(8):231   [PMID:  9770769 ]
Vet Rec. 1998 Sep 26;143(13):371-2   [PMID:  9800308 ]

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