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Trichomoniasis causing dove mortality

April 17, 2024 - 00:00
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The National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has confirmed several doves collected across Texas, including the Trans Pecos and Rolling Plains, tested positive for Trichomoniasis.Trichomoniasis is an infectious disease affecting birds caused by a protozoan (single-celled) parasite, Trichomonas gallinae.It affects mostly pigeons and doves, but other species, such as finches, may also become infected. In addition, birds of prey feeding on infected doves may also become infected.The disease does not always cause mortality. Trichomonas gallinae does not pose a human health risk.Generally, sick birds appear weak and have a “fluffed up” appearance. The parasite causes inflammation of the linings of the ...

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