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Emerging Infectious Disease Leads to Rapid Population Declines of Common British Birds
TLDR
The first trichomonosis epidemic reported in the scientific literature to negatively impact populations of free-ranging non-columbiform species is reported, and levels of mortality and decline due to an emerging infectious disease are unprecedented in British wild bird populations.
Molecular characterization of haemoparasites infecting bats (Microchiroptera) in Cornwall, UK
TLDR
The study demonstrates the utility of molecular methods for detecting haemoparasites in dead bats and provides, for the first time, tangible identities for bat-associated Babesia and Bartonella species.
Evidence of Spread of the Emerging Infectious Disease, Finch Trichomonosis, by Migrating birds
TLDR
Epidemic spread of Finch trichomonosis is shown with a pronounced shift in geographical distribution towards eastern England in 2007, followed by international spread to southern Fennoscandia where cases were confirmed at multiple sites in the summer of 2008.
Red squirrels in the British Isles are infected with leprosy bacilli
TLDR
Red squirrels in Great Britain have increasingly been observed with leprosy-like lesions on the head and limbs, and using genomics, histopathology, and serology, M. lepromatosis was found in squirrels from England, Ireland, and Scotland, and Mycobacterium leprae in Squirrels from Brownsea Island, England.
Wild animals as reservoirs of infectious diseases in the UK.
This review aims to illustrate the extent to which wildlife act as reservoirs of infectious agents that cause disease in domestic stock, pet and captive animals and humans. More than 40 agents are
The emergence and spread of finch trichomonosis in the British Isles
TLDR
It is demonstrated that large-scale mortality, principally of greenfinch, continued in subsequent years, 2007–2009, with a shifting geographical distribution across the British Isles over time, and further investigation is required to determine the continuing impact of finch trichomonosis.
Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Cornwall
  • V. Simpson
  • Medicine, Biology
    Veterinary Record
  • 2 November 1996
TLDR
A post mortem examination on a young fox which had been observed to be clinically ill revealed a severe infection with Angiostrongylus vasorum, which appears to be the first recorded cases of A vasorum in foxes in the United Kingdom.
Health status of otters (Lutra lutra) in south-west England based on postmortem findings
  • V. Simpson
  • Medicine
    Veterinary Record
  • 23 August 1997
TLDR
There was little evidence of infectious disease and the results suggested a young, generally healthy population of wild otters in south-west England.
In vitro isolation of Neospora caninum from a stillborn calf in the UK.
TLDR
This isolate (designated NC-LivB1) is the first to be obtained from cattle in the United Kingdom and was confirmed as N. caninum by immunofluorescence with specific antibodies and by internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1) sequence analysis.
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