Presumptive identification of a novel adenovirus in a Harris hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus), a Bengal eagle owl (Bubo bengalensis), and a Verreaux's eagle owl (Bubo lacteus)

Petra Zsivanovits, Deborah J. Monks, Neil A. Forbes, Krisztina Ursu, Rüger Raue, Mária Benkö

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Abstract

An outbreak of adenoviral disease occurred in 2 separate raptor collections in the United Kingdom during August and September of 2004, involving a Harris hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus), a Bengal eagle owl (Bubo bengalensis), and a Verreaux's eagle owl (Bubo lacteus). The cases were diagnosed by results of necropsy, histologic examination, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Although virus isolation and electron microscopy were unsuccessful in identifying adenovirus as the causative agent, PCR testing with consensus primers resulted in amplicons of specific size. DNA sequencing of the PCR products identified the detected virus as a new member of the genus Siadenovirus. To our knowledge, this is the first report of adenovirus infection in these avian species, and we propose that this virus be called "raptor adenovirus."

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2006

Keywords

  • Adenovirus
  • Avian
  • Bubo bengalensis
  • Bubo lacteus
  • Hawk
  • Owl
  • Parabuteo unicinctus
  • Siadenovirus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals

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