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Volume 3, Number 1—March 1997

Dispatch

Mycoplasmal Conjunctivitis in Wild Songbirds: The Spread of a New Contagious Disease in a Mobile Host Population

John R. Fischer*, David E. Stallknecht*, M. Page Luttrell*, Andre A. Dhondt†, and Kathryn A. Converse‡
Author affiliations: *Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA; †Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA; ‡National Wildlife Health Center, National Biological Service, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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Test results for Mycoplasma gallisepticum in house finches and American goldfinches, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, May 1994-June 1996

AL House finch 1 1 0 1 0/1 1/1 0/0
GA House finch 6 3 3 2 3/6 3/3 6/6
Am. goldfinch 2 1 1 0 0/2 2/2 2/2
KY House finch 2 1 1 2 1/2 2/2 2/2
MD House finch 9 4 5 6 0/7 6/6 6/6
Am. goldfinch 1 1 0 0 0/1 1/1 1/1
OH House finch 1 1 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0
SC Am. goldfinch 1 1 0 0 0/1 1/1 0/0
TN House finch 12 9 3 6 2/7 2/2 4/6

Am. goldfinch
1
1
0
1
0/1
0/1
0/0
TOTALS House finch 31 19 12 18 7/24 14/14 18/20
Am. Goldfinch 5 3 1 1 0/5 4/5 3/3
a Data are presented as number positive/number tested.
b Positive = 2+ on rapid plate agglutination test.

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