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Serological and virological survey and resighting of marked wild geese in Germany

  • In order to investigate the potential role of arctic geese in the epidemiology, the spatial and temporal spread of selected avian diseases, in autumn 2002, a virological and serological survey designed as capture-mark-resighting study was conducted in one of the most important coastal resting sites for migratory waterfowl in Germany. Orophatyngeal, cloacal swabs and blood samples were collected from a total of 147 birds comprising of three different arctic geese species including White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons), Tundra Bean Goose (Anser fabalis rossicus), Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) as well as from 29 non-migratory Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). Altogether, six adeno-like viruses (ALV; 95% CI, 1.74-9.92%) and two avian paramyxoviruses (APMV-4; 95% Cl, 0.19-5.53%) were isolated mainly from juvenile White-fronted Geese. In addition, four Canada Geese were infected with lentogenic APMV-1 (95% CI, 3.89-31.66%) at the date of sampling. No avian influenza viruses, reo-like viruses could be isolated despite serologicalIn order to investigate the potential role of arctic geese in the epidemiology, the spatial and temporal spread of selected avian diseases, in autumn 2002, a virological and serological survey designed as capture-mark-resighting study was conducted in one of the most important coastal resting sites for migratory waterfowl in Germany. Orophatyngeal, cloacal swabs and blood samples were collected from a total of 147 birds comprising of three different arctic geese species including White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons), Tundra Bean Goose (Anser fabalis rossicus), Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) as well as from 29 non-migratory Canada Geese (Branta canadensis). Altogether, six adeno-like viruses (ALV; 95% CI, 1.74-9.92%) and two avian paramyxoviruses (APMV-4; 95% Cl, 0.19-5.53%) were isolated mainly from juvenile White-fronted Geese. In addition, four Canada Geese were infected with lentogenic APMV-1 (95% CI, 3.89-31.66%) at the date of sampling. No avian influenza viruses, reo-like viruses could be isolated despite serological evidence. Likewise, no evidence of current or previous infection by West Nile virus was found. Of the 147 birds tagged in the following years, 137 birds were resighted between 2002 and 2008 accumulating to 1925 sightings. About 90% of all sightings were reported from the main wintering and resting sites in Germany and The Netherlands. Eight of the resighted geese were virus positive (ALV and APMV-4) at the time point of sampling in 2002.show moreshow less

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Author:Helmut Kruckenberg, Thomas Müller, Conrad Freuling, Ralf-Udo Mühle, Anja Globig, Horst Schirrmeier, Melanie Buss, Timm Harder, Matthias Kramer, Kathrin Teske, Kees Polderdijk, Dieter Wallschlaeger, Andreas Hlinak
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-011-0514-1
ISSN:1612-4642 (print)
Parent Title (English):European journal of wildlife research
Publisher:Springer
Place of publication:New York
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2011
Year of Completion:2011
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:Anser albifrons; Branta canadensis; Canada goose; Disease; Distribution; Infection; Neckbanding; Spatial distribution; Virus; White-fronted goose; Wild geese; Winter
Volume:57
Issue:5
Pagenumber:8
First Page:1025
Last Page:1032
Funder:Adolf and Hildegard Isler Foundation
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Biochemie und Biologie
Peer Review:Referiert