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1 April 1992 Mycoplasma Gallopavonis in Eastern Wild Turkeys
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Serum samples and tracheal cultures were collected from eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo sylvestris) trapped for relocation in South Carolina (USA) during 1985 to 1990. Sera were tested for Mycoplasma gallisepticum and M. synoviae by the rapid plate agglutination and hemagglutination inhibition tests and were found to be negative. Tracheal cultures were negative for all pathogenic Mycoplasma spp., including M. gallisepticum, M. synoviae, M. meleagridis, and M. iowae. However, M. gallopavonis was isolated from every group of wild turkeys tested in 1986 to 1990. These data suggest that M. gallopavonis, which is generally considered nonpathogenic, may be a common microorganism in eastern wild turkeys.

Luttrell, Eleazer, and Kleven: Mycoplasma Gallopavonis in Eastern Wild Turkeys
M. Page Luttrell, Thomas H. Eleazer, and Stanley H. Kleven "Mycoplasma Gallopavonis in Eastern Wild Turkeys," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 28(2), 288-291, (1 April 1992).
Received: 1 June 1990; Published: 1 April 1992

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