42. Survey of Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) results in wild songbird populations in Georgia

Melanie D. Majors
Linda Purvis, University of North Georgia

Description/Abstract

Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) is a bacterial pathogen affecting wild and domestic birds in North America. MG infects respiratory organs and causes infectious sinusitis and conjunctivitis in both wild and domestic avian populations. Wild birds often do not show symptoms but can act as a reservoir for MG therefore less is known about this population of birds. Here at the university, we have been working with the Atlanta Audubon, Project Safe Flight to survey dead birds for the presence of MG. Their donations of birds have allowed us to test many different species for the presence of MG. We have found several different species that have come back positive with MG. We aim to continue this survey as a way to increase knowledge of songbird infectious diseases.

Keywords: Avian disease, molecular techniques, FTA, mycoplasma, songbirds

 
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42. Survey of Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) results in wild songbird populations in Georgia

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Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) is a bacterial pathogen affecting wild and domestic birds in North America. MG infects respiratory organs and causes infectious sinusitis and conjunctivitis in both wild and domestic avian populations. Wild birds often do not show symptoms but can act as a reservoir for MG therefore less is known about this population of birds. Here at the university, we have been working with the Atlanta Audubon, Project Safe Flight to survey dead birds for the presence of MG. Their donations of birds have allowed us to test many different species for the presence of MG. We have found several different species that have come back positive with MG. We aim to continue this survey as a way to increase knowledge of songbird infectious diseases.

Keywords: Avian disease, molecular techniques, FTA, mycoplasma, songbirds