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Not Open Access | The role of native and introduced birds in transmission of avian malaria in Hawai'i

March 9, 2020 - 15:12 -- NOT Open Access
McClure KM, Fleischer RC, Kilpatrick AM
Ecology. 2020 Mar 4:e03038

The introduction of non‐native species and reductions in native biodiversity have resulted in substantial changes in vector and host communities globally, but the consequences for pathogen transmission are poorly understood. In lowland Hawaiʻi, bird communities are composed of primarily introduced species, with scattered populations of abundant native species. We examined the influence of avian host community composition—specifically the role of native and introduced species, as well as host diversity, on the prevalence of avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum) in the southern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus).

NOT Open Access | Epidemiology, hematology, and unusual morphological characteristics of Plasmodium during an avian malaria outbreak in penguins in Brazil

December 3, 2019 - 15:47 -- NOT Open Access
Ralph Eric Thijl Vanstreels, Daniela de Angeli Dutra, Francisco C. Ferreira-Junior, Renata Hurtado, Leandro Egert, Luis Felipe S. P. Mayorga, Renata C. C. Bhering, Érika M. Braga & José Luiz Catão-Dias
Parasitology Research December 2019, Volume 118, Issue 12, pp 3497–3508

Avian malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by Plasmodium spp. protozoa, and penguins are considered particularly susceptible to this disease, developing rapid outbreaks with potentially high mortality. We report on an outbreak of avian malaria in Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) at a rehabilitation center in Espírito Santo, southeast Brazil. In August and September 2015, a total of 89 Magellanic penguins (87 juveniles and 2 adults) received care at Institute of Research and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals.

Avian malaria alters the dynamics of blood feeding in Culex pipiens mosquitoes

March 20, 2019 - 15:43 -- Open Access
Stéphane Cornet, Antoine Nicot, Ana Rivero and Sylvain Gandon
Malaria Journal 2019 18:82, 15 March 2019

The potential adaptive nature of this manipulation of mosquito behaviour is discussed in the light of previous studies on other malaria models.

NOT Open Access | Pathological and molecular characterization of avian malaria in captive Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) in South America

February 6, 2019 - 15:39 -- NOT Open Access
Paula Augusto Taunde, Matheus Viezzer Bianchi, Lívia Perles, Fernando Soares da Silva, Tainã Normanton Guim, Renan Alves Stadler, Marcos Rogério André, David Driemeier & Saulo Petinatti Pavarini
Parasitology Research February 2019, Volume 118, Issue 2, pp 599–606

Avian malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that affects multiple avian species and is caused by protozoans of the genus Plasmodium.


Avian malaria co-infections confound infectivity and vector competence assays of Plasmodium homopolare

July 26, 2018 - 16:14 -- Open Access
Jenny S. Carlson, Brittany Nelms, Christopher M. Barker, William K. Reisen, Ravinder N. M. Sehgal & Anthony J. Cornel
Parasitology Research August 2018, Volume 117, Issue 8, pp 2385–2394

Currently, there are very few studies of avian malaria that investigate relationships among the host-vector-parasite triad concomitantly.

Carrion crows (Corvus corone) of southwest Germany: important hosts for haemosporidian parasites

September 14, 2017 - 15:05 -- Open Access
Sandrine Schmid, Katrin Fachet, Anke Dinkel, Ute Mackenstedt and Friederike Woog
Malaria Journal 2017 16:369, 12 September 2017

This study provides the first insight into the diversity of haemosporidian parasites of corvids in Germany.

Is Avian Malaria Playing a Role in Native Bird Declines in New Zealand? Testing Hypotheses along an Elevational Gradient

December 21, 2016 - 16:44 -- Open Access
Chris N. Niebuhr, Robert Poulin, Daniel M. Tompkins
PLoS ONE 11(11): e0165918

The mosquito-borne disease avian malaria (Plasmodium spp.) has impacted both captive populations and wild individuals of native New Zealand bird species.

Culex pipiens forms and urbanization: effects on blood feeding sources and transmission of avian Plasmodium

December 14, 2016 - 17:26 -- Open Access
Josué Martínez-de la Puente, Martina Ferraguti, Santiago Ruiz, David Roiz, Ramón C. Soriguer and Jordi Figuerola
Malaria Journal 2016 15:589, 8 December 2016

This study supports a differential distribution of Cx. p. pipiens form pipiens between urban and natural areas.

NOT Open Access | Improving detection of avian malaria from host blood: a step towards a standardised protocol for diagnostics

October 6, 2016 - 17:28 -- NOT Open Access
Chris N. Niebuhr & Isabel Blasco-Costa
Parasitology Research October 2016, Volume 115, Issue 10, pp 3905–3911

Avian malaria, caused by Plasmodium spp., has been linked to the mortality and population-level declines in native birds in some regions.


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