The domestic pigeon as a possible carrier of Newcastle disease

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  • Abstract:

    When virus was dosed per os with virulent Newcastle disease virus and daily examinations were made of virus in their pooled faeces, virus was recovered on the 12th day. No H.I antibodies were produced. The challenge caused two pigeons to sicken on the 5th day, one of which died on the 8th day while two appeared unaffected. Two controls died and previous experience was that pigeons are highly susceptible to the virulent strain. Surviving pigeons had high H.I titres. It is concluded that the pigeons dosed per os with the virulent virus developed an increased resistance to the challenge. A method of live virus immunization in the pigeon is mentioned.