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1 January 1991 Cutaneous Herpesvirus Infection in a Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos)
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Investigations of mortalities involving wild mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) revealed the presence of a herpesvirus associated with skin lesions on the plantar surface of the foot web of one duck. Ultrastructurally, the paracrystalline arrays of viral core particles and unencapsidated nucleoids in the nucleus, and the enveloped viruses in cytoplasmic vacuoles are compatible with a herpesvirus. This appears to be the first report of cutaneous lesions in a mallard duck attributable to a herpesvirus. Whether this lesion is due to duck virus enteritis (DVE), suggesting that cutaneous shedding is possible, or due to another uncharacterized herpesvirus of ducks is unclear.

Wojcinski, Wojcinski, Barker, and King: Cutaneous Herpesvirus Infection in a Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos)
Zbigniew W. Wojcinski, Helen S. J. Wojcinski, Ian K. Barker, and Norval W. King "Cutaneous Herpesvirus Infection in a Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 27(1), (1 January 1991). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-27.1.129
Received: 22 December 1989; Published: 1 January 1991
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