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Abolnik C, Stutchbury S, Hartman MJ. Experimental infection of racing pigeons (Columba livia domestica) with highly pathogenic Clade sub-group B H5N8 avian influenza virus. Vet Microbiol. 2018 Dec;227:127-132.
submited by kickingbird at Nov, 27, 2018 21:7 PM from Vet Microbiol. 2018 Dec;227:127-132.

Reported mass mortalities in wild pigeons and doves during the 2017/2018 Clade HPAI H5N8 outbreaks in South Africa necessitated an investigation of healthy racing pigeons for their susceptibility and ability to transmit a Clade sub-group B virus of South African origin. Pigeons challenged with medium (104.5 EID50) and high doses (106 EID50) but not a low dose (103 EID50) of virus, shed virus in low levels of <103 EID50/ml from the oropharynx and cloaca for up to eight days, with peak shedding around 4 days post challenge. Challenged pigeons were able to transmit the virus to contact pigeons, but not contact chickens. Neither pigeons nor chickens presented clinical disease, and only two pigeons in the group that received the high challenge dose developed influenza A-virus specific antibodies. The levels of virus shed by the racing pigeons were well below the published bird infectious dose 50 values for most poultry, especially chickens, therefore the risk that racing pigeons could act as propagators and disseminators through excretion of Clade HPAI H5N8 strains remains negligible.

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