publication . Article . Other literature type . 2012

Ecology and conservation biology of avian malaria: Ecology of avian malaria

Dennis A. LaPointe; Carter T. Atkinson; Michael D. Samuel;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Feb 2012
Abstract
Avian malaria is a worldwide mosquito-borne disease caused by Plasmodium parasites. These parasites occur in many avian species but primarily affect passerine birds that have not evolved with the parasite. Host pathogenicity, fitness, and population impacts are poorly understood. In contrast to continental species, introduced avian malaria poses a substantial threat to naive birds on Hawaii, the Galapagos, and other archipelagoes. In Hawaii, transmission is maintained by susceptible native birds, competence and abundance of mosquitoes, and a disease reservoir of chronically infected native birds. Although vector habitat and avian communities determine the geogra...
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Medical Subject Headings: parasitic diseases
free text keywords: Avian malaria, medicine.disease, medicine, Passerine, biology.animal, biology, Vector (epidemiology), Disease reservoir, Introduced species, Malaria, Conservation biology, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Ecology
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