Nicklas H. Christensen

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Following preliminary experiments to determine suitable methods for studying mycoplasma survival, suspensions of Mycoplasma gallisepticum (four strains), Mycoplasma synoviae (two strains) or Mycoplasma iowae (two strains) were seeded onto replicate samples of cotton, rubber, straw, shavings, timber, food, feathers and human hair. The organisms were also(More)
Inclusion body hepatitis (IBH) was diagnosed in 15 broiler flocks supplied by one breeder in the South Island of New Zealand. The affected flocks suffered mortality up to 30%. Malaise and slightly increased mortality were noticed by growers from about day 12 post-hatch; mortality peaked in the fourth week, and, in most flocks, declined to normally accepted(More)
AIMS TO study and compare three diagnostic methods for the detection of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) infection. METHODS Samples of sera and bursae were collected from two flocks from each of two broiler farms (Farms A and B) in which IBD had occurred or was suspected to have occurred. Sera were tested in ELISA and agar gel precipitation tests(More)
A reovirus was isolated from a flock of 12,000 broiler chickens which experienced a total mortality of 6.3% up to 35 days. The reovirus produced large syncytia in primary chicken kidney cell cultures with eosinophilic intracytoplasmic inclusion body formation. Infected cells reacted with fluorescein conjugated specific anti-reovirus serum. Negatively(More)
A survey of the prevalence of pneumonia, ascariasis, mange, oesophagogastric ulcers and porcine intestinal adenomatosis was carried out during 1986-90 on 2792 baconer pigs from 46 herds located in Canterbury, North Otago and the southern part of the North Island of New Zealand. Enzootic pneumonia had an overall prevalence of 45%, ascariasis 13% and clinical(More)
 Isolates of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) were obtained from domestic poultry in New Zealand in 1997 and 1998. An in-vivo pathogenicity study carried out in specific pathogen free (SPF) chickens demonstrated the low virulence of one of the virus isolates. The nucleotide sequences of the hypervariable region of the VP2 gene of two isolates were(More)
AIM To investigate the serological status of Old English Game (OEG) cockerels for a range of infectious diseases of poultry. METHODS Standard methods were used to screen serum collected from approximately 200 birds during routine dubbing operations, in 2004 and 2005. RESULTS There was no serological evidence of infection with Newcastle disease,(More)
A study of the age-related functions of immunologically important components of the bursa of Fabricius in Shaver cockerels showed that endocytosis of carbon particles by the specialised follicle-associated epithelium was at a high level from hatching until 5 weeks of age and thereafter declined until at 18 weeks it could no longer be detected. The(More)