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Ornithosis In Certain Sea-Birds

J. A. R. Miles and J. B. Shrivastav
Journal of Animal Ecology
Vol. 20, No. 2 (Nov., 1951), pp. 195-200
DOI: 10.2307/1539
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1539
Page Count: 6
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Ornithosis In Certain Sea-Birds
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Abstract

1. Field and laboratory investigations for the presence of ornithosis in certain sea birds are described. 2. Evidence of recent infection in adult and juvenile fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) from Viđoy in the Faroe Islands is given. 3. No clear-cut evidence of infection has been found in fulmars on Shetland. 4. A strain of ornithosis has been isolated from juvenile herring gulls (Larus argentatus) and serological evidence of infection found in the lesser black back gull (L. fuscus) on Skomer Island (Pembrokeshire). 5. No definite evidence of infection was found in sera from manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus) on Skomer Island. 6. The significance of these results is discussed, and evidence brought forward to suggest that these infections are old-established in the Laridae, but probably arose for the first time in the fulmars around 1930.

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