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1 January 1990 EXPERIMENTAL AVIAN PMV-2 INFECTION IN A DOMESTICATED WILD HOST: DAILY BEHAVIOR AND EFFECT ON ACTIVITY LEVELS
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Paramyxovirus type 2 (PMV-2) isolated from wild birds is often considered nonpathogenic, but nothing is known about its effects on overall behavior and fitness of free-flying birds. Domestically bred, African cut-throat finches (Amadina fasciata), a species from which PMV-2 has been isolated in the wild, were inoculated with a Central American field strain of PMV-2. Patterns of behavior were examined before and after viral challenge to quantify inapparent, sublethal effects of the disease. Infected birds demonstrated a significant decrease in activity (P = 0.01) followed by an apparent recovery period. Antibody titers confirmed infection in inoculated birds and indicated that sentinel birds did not become infected.

Goodman, Hanson, Moermond, and Christensen: EXPERIMENTAL AVIAN PMV-2 INFECTION IN A DOMESTICATED WILD HOST: DAILY BEHAVIOR AND EFFECT ON ACTIVITY LEVELS
Beth B. Goodman, Robert P. Hanson, Timothy C. Moermond, and Bruce M. Christensen "EXPERIMENTAL AVIAN PMV-2 INFECTION IN A DOMESTICATED WILD HOST: DAILY BEHAVIOR AND EFFECT ON ACTIVITY LEVELS," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 26(1), 22-27, (1 January 1990). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-26.1.22
Received: 3 November 1988; Published: 1 January 1990
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