Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) Assistant Agency Director Kiril Dimitrov, DVM, PhD, was part of three groups that recently published journal articles covering avian topics.
The first article covers the characterization of a pigeon-derived Newcastle diseases virus (NDV) of high virulence for chickens and highlights the significance pigeon viruses may have for poultry. Although Newcastle disease virus is a well-known pathogen of poultry, variants also affect other species, including pigeons. The article focuses on pigeon-derived NDV in Bangladesh, where the virus is endemic. The full text can be viewed in the Viruses journal.
The next two papers describe the development of novel recombinant live Newcastle disease in ovo vaccines that protect chickens from early challenge with virulent viruses. Those articles can be accessed in the Vaccines journal (article 1 and article 2).
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