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Investigations into the seroprevalence of antibodies against avian paramyxovirus serotype l, 2 and 3 in the sera of free-living red-legged partridges (Alectoris ruf a) in southern Spain

AuthorsHöfle, Ursula ; Gortázar, Christian ; Anculo, E.; Kaleta, E. F.; Villafuerte, Rafael
Issue Date2001
CitationEuropean Journal of Wildlife Research 47: 145-151 (2001)
AbstractThe red-legged partridge (Alectoris rafa) is one of the most important small gamebirds in southern and central Spain, where game production accounts for a great part of the income of the region. For this reason, the management of partridge populations in the hunting areas has increased in the past years, and a growing number of captive breeding centres has been established. The present study investigates the prevalence of antibodies against avian paramyxovirus (aPMV) -1, -2 and -3 in the sera of 65 red-legged partridges shot in different hunting areas in the south of Spain (Andalusia), in order to collect information on the prevalence of these pathogens among free-living partridges, with a view to the future use of vaccines against Newcastle disease in captive populations. All analysed sera were negative for antibodies against aPMV-1, while one bird tested positive against aPMV-2 and another two birds against aPMV-3. The results for aPMV-2 and 3 reflect the prevalence of these viruses among free-living birds in southern Spain, as reported by other authors. The absence of antibodies against aPMV-1 among the investigated partridges supports the view that vaccination programs against Newcastle disease would not be justified. © 2001, Blackwell Wissenschafts-Verlag.
Identifiersissn: 1612-4642
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