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1 January 2015 Chlamydia psittaci in Eurasian Collared Doves (Streptopelia decaocto) in Italy
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We investigated the Chlamydia spp. occurrence in Eurasian Collared Doves (Streptopelia decaocto) from urban and suburban areas in northern Italy. Among 76 doves screened, prevalence of Chlamydia spp. was 61%. Chlamydia psittaci genotype E was identified in 33 of the 46 positive samples. The multilocus sequence typing pattern of one highly positive sample showed a new allelic combination. The same molecular features were observed in a C. psittaci strain subsequently isolated from a live dove. Our results reveal a high C. psittaci prevalence in S. decaocto. The spread of this zoonotic pathogen from collared doves to other birds or humans seems to be a potential risk.

Wildlife Disease Association 2015
Manuela Donati, Karine Laroucau, Mauro Delogu, Fabien Vorimore, Rachid Aaziz, Eleonora Cremonini, Roberta Biondi, Claudia Cotti, Raffaella Baldelli, and Antonietta Di Francesco "Chlamydia psittaci in Eurasian Collared Doves (Streptopelia decaocto) in Italy," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51(1), 214-217, (1 January 2015). https://doi.org/10.7589/2014-01-010
Received: 17 January 2014; Accepted: 1 April 2014; Published: 1 January 2015
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