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1 April 1998 Mycoplasma sturni from Blue Jays and Northern Mockingbirds with Conjunctivitis in Florida
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Northern mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos) and blue jays (Cyanocitta cristata) in a Florida (USA) wildlife care facility developed clinical signs and gross lesions suggestive of the ongoing outbreak of Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) conjunctivitis in house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) and American gold-finches (Carduelis tristis). Mycoplasmal organisms were cultured from conjunctival/corneal swabs of birds with sinusitis, conjunctivitis, and/or epiphora. All of the isolates tested were identified as Mycoplasma sturni by indirect immunofluorescence. Mycoplasma sturni as well as MG should be considered in the differential diagnosis of songbirds with conjunctivitis.

Ley, Geary, Berkhoff, McLaren, and Levisohn: Mycoplasma sturni from Blue Jays and Northern Mockingbirds with Conjunctivitis in Florida
David H. Ley, Steven J. Geary, J. Edward Berkhoff, Judith M. McLaren, and Sharon Levisohn "Mycoplasma sturni from Blue Jays and Northern Mockingbirds with Conjunctivitis in Florida," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 34(2), 403-406, (1 April 1998). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-34.2.403
Received: 4 August 1997; Published: 1 April 1998
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