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CLINICO-PATHOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS OF PIGEONS (COLUMBA LIVIA) SUFFERING FROM NEWCASTLE DISEASE 

S. Shaheen, A. D. Anjum and F. Rizvi

Department of Veterinary Pathology,University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Abstract

    A survey was conducted to study clinical signs, gross and histopathological lesions in pigeons with naturally occurring Newcastle disease. For this purpose, 30 pigeon lofts were visited. Among these, 14 lofts showed clinical signs of Newcastle disease, including mainly greenish white mucoid diarrhoea and nervous signs with high morbidity and mortality. Postmortem examination of affected birds showed lesions mainly in brain, liver, kidneys and spleen. Amongst various organs, kidneys were more frequently involved. Histopathological changes were also observed in lungs, liver, kidneys, brain and spleen. The results showed that the Newcastle disease virus was widespread in pigeons locally and caused heavy mortality. No preventive measures or vaccination is being adopted by pigeon fanciers to control the disease.

Key words: Pigeons, Newcastle disease, clinical signs, lesions
 
   

ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)



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