pISSN:1309 - 6958       eISSN:2146 - 1953
2016, Cilt 32, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 109-113
Cryptosporidiosis in wild birds in Van
Özlem Orunç Kılınç2, Nalan Özdal1, Bekir Oğuz1, Serdar Değer1, Yaşar Göz3
1Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi, Veteriner Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Kampüs, Van, Türkiye
2Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi, Özalp Meslek Yüksek Okulu, Tıbbi Laboratuvar Teknikleri Bölümü, Van, Türkiye
3Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi, Van Sağlık Yüksek Okulu, Kampüs, Van, Türkiye
Keywords: Cryptosporidiosis, wild birds, Van
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Aim: In wild and domestic birds, cryptosporidiosis is often associated with infections by Cryptosporidium galli, Cryptosporidium baileyi and Cryptosporidium meleagridis. A study was conducted to elucidate the prevalence of Cryptosporidium oocysts in free-living wild birds in Van, Turkey.

Materials and Methods: Faecal samples were collected from 127 birds, with the following proportions of individuals: 69 Laridae (Larus michahellis), 32 Columbidae (Columba livia), 10 Anatidae (Anas spp.), 10 Numididae (Numida meleagris), 3 Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo), 1 Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and 2 Accipitridae. Faecal samples were examined using the formol-ether concentration technique with modified acid-fast stain using light microscopy.

Results: Among the 127 fecal samples from wild birds, 37 (29%) were positive for the presence of oocysts of Cryptosporidium.

Conclusion: This study was the first investigation of avian Cryptosporidiosis in Van, Turkey.