Vulture mortality: Pathological and microbiological investigations


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  • S K MISHRA
  • G PRASAD
  • MINAKSHI MINAKSHI
  • YASHPAL MALIK
  • N K KMAHAJAN
  • V PRAKSH

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Drug resistance, Escherichia coli, Gout, Pathology, Vulture, Vulture mortality

Abstract

Vulture population has dramatically declined from almost all parts ofIndian subcontinent. The reason for the crash of vulture population remains an enigma. Sinee vulture is a natural scavenger and feeds on animal carcasses, absence of vulture from ecosystem would have serious consequences to the human and animal health. The sudden decline in the population indicated possibility of emergence of a highly virulent new aetiologic agent or a mutant of already known pathogen. The present communication reports preliminary observations based on postmortem, histopathology and microbiological studies. The'pathological investigation clearly indicated visceral gout in the dead birds, whereas presence of intra-nuclear inclusions and perivascular lymphoid aggregates strongly suggested the infectious aetiology. Microbiological investigation showed the presence of haemolytic E.coli (serotypes 08, 089, 0,150).

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Author Biographies

  • S K MISHRA
    Associate Professor, Veterinary Pathology;CCS Haryana Agricultural University,
    Hisar, Haryana 125 004 India

  • G PRASAD
    Research Officer; CCS Haryana Agricultural University,
    Hisar, Haryana 125 004 India

  • MINAKSHI MINAKSHI
    Assistant Scientist, Veterinary Microbiology,
    CCS Haryana Agricultural University,
    Hisar, Haryana 125 004 India
  • YASHPAL MALIK
    Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Veterinary
    College, Jabalpur 484 002.
  • N K KMAHAJAN
    Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.
    CCS Haryana Agricultural University,
    Hisar, Haryana 125 004 India
  • V PRAKSH
    Principal Scientist, Bombay Natural History Society Field
    Laboratory, Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
    CCS Haryana Agricultural University,
    Hisar, Haryana 125 004 India

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MISHRA, S. K., PRASAD, G., MINAKSHI, M., MALIK, Y., KMAHAJAN, N. K., & PRAKSH, V. (2014). Vulture mortality: Pathological and microbiological investigations. The Indian Journal of Animal Sciences, 72(4). https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/IJAnS/article/view/37521