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Pox viral infection in a rufous turtle dove

  • Bak, Eun-Jung ;
  • Woo, Gye-Hyeong
  • Received : 2016.01.06
  • Accepted : 2016.02.01
  • Published : 2016.03.31

Abstract

A dead dove was found on the road and submitted for diagnosis. The bird was severely emaciated, with deformation in its facial area. Grossly, white coalescing nodules were seen on the cut surface of the nasal cavity. Histopathologically, epithelial cells of the upper respiratory tract were markedly proliferated, with ballooning degeneration, down growth of the rete ridge, and large eosinophilic intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies. Parakeratotic hyperkeratosis and focal necrotic focus was present in the proliferative area. The facial bones showed partial bone resorption. Transmission electron microscopy revealed numerous viral particles in epithelial cells with dumbbell-shaped bodies, consistent with poxvirus.

Keywords

dove;electron microscopy;intracytoplasmic inclusion body;poxvirus

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