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NOT Open Access | A highly invasive malaria parasite has expanded its range to non-migratory birds in North America

September 8, 2021 - 17:19 -- NOT Open Access
Author(s): 
Theodosopoulos AN, Grabenstein KC, Bensch S, Taylor SA
Reference: 
Biol Lett. 2021 Sep;17(9):20210271

Parasite range expansions are a direct consequence of globalization and are an increasing threat to biodiversity. Here, we report a recent range expansion of the SGS1 strain of a highly invasive parasite, Plasmodium relictum, to two non-migratory passerines in North America. Plasmodium relictum is considered one of the world's most invasive parasites and causes the disease avian malaria: this is the first reported case of SGS1 in wild non-migratory birds on the continent.

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