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First detection and molecular characterization of avian polyomavirus in young parrots in Pakistan

Authors
  • Riaz, Aayesha1
  • Yousaf, Arfan1
  • Moaeen-ud-Din, Muhammad1
  • Shah, Muhammad Ali Abdullah1
  • Zainab, Tayyaba1
  • Masood, Sadia1
  • Akhter, Naeem1
  • Ali, Adnan1
  • 1 Pir Mahr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan , Rawalpindi (Pakistan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Veterinary Research Communications
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jul 11, 2019
Volume
43
Issue
4
Pages
197–202
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11259-019-09759-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Avian polyomavirus (APV) infection, also called as budgerigar fledgling disease (BFD) causes various health problems in many psittacine species which may cause untimely death. The aims of this study were to investigate, for the first time, the detection, molecular characterization and phylogenetic analysis of avian polyomavirus (APV) in Pakistani psittacine birds. In an aviary a disease similar to APV was found and 90% of the nestlings died within a few weeks. Seven to ten-day-old parrot nestlings (n = 3) from the aviary were presented with feather abnormalities, plumage defect and were clinically depressed. Birds died at 11th, 14th and 16th day of age. Samples of hearts, livers, spleen, feathers and kidneys were collected from the dead birds. Samples were analyzed for the presence of APV DNA by using PCR. APV VP1 gene was partially sequenced, and phylogenetic analysis was performed. The APV strain was similar to those previously reported in other areas of the world. The results of this investigation indicate presence of a high frequency of APV infections in psittacine birds in Pakistan.

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