Thirty-nine wild Rio Grande turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia), live-trapped near Sonora, Texas, were tested for various blood parasites and disease antibodies before being released in the Yellow River State Forest in Allamakee County, Iowa, in the fall and winter of 1960-61. Haemoproteus meleagridis was found in 79% of the 39 turkeys· Salmonella pullorum in 15%; and chicken embryo lethal orphan virus (CELO) antibodies in 1 of 9 birds tested for evidence of that disease. Ornithosis was found in one pooled sample of serum that involved 4 birds but it was absent in 15 birds. No evidence was detected for Salmonella typhimurium, Leucocytozoon, Trypanosoma, Plasmodium, Mycoplasma, Newcastle disease virus or western equine viral encephalmoyelitis.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Roslien, David J. and Haugen, Arnold O.
"Some Blood Parasite and Disease Antibody Findings in Wild Rio Grande Turkeys Stocked in Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 77(1), 93-96.
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