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1 July 1996 DETECTION OF A NON-CULTIVATABLE CALICIVIRUS FROM THE WHITE TERN (GYGIS ALBA ROTHSCHILDI)
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In April 1992, on Tern Island, French Frigate Shoals, Hawaii (USA), researchers observed a hand-reared white tern hatchling (Gygis alba rothschildi) develop vesicular lesions on the webbing between its toes, 6 days after falling out of its nest. Vesicular fluid collected from the foot lesions contained virus-like particles having typical calicivirus morphology. Calicivirus RNA was detected in the vesicular fluid by dot hybridization with a group-specific calicivirus copy DNA probe. Attempts to cultivate the virus in African green monkey kidney cells and porcine kidney cells were unsuccessful. This is the first report of a calicivirus infection associated with vesicular disease in a wild avian species.

Poet, Skilling, Megyesi, Gilmartin, and Smith: DETECTION OF A NON-CULTIVATABLE CALICIVIRUS FROM THE WHITE TERN (GYGIS ALBA ROTHSCHILDI)
Steven E. Poet, Douglas E. Skilling, Jennifer L. Megyesi, William G. Gilmartin, and Alvin W. Smith "DETECTION OF A NON-CULTIVATABLE CALICIVIRUS FROM THE WHITE TERN (GYGIS ALBA ROTHSCHILDI)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 32(3), (1 July 1996). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-32.3.461
Received: 24 July 1995; Published: 1 July 1996
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