Blood parasites of some birds from São Paulo State, Brazil

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Feb 2019

A total of 3.449 birds, representing 195 species of 33 families from three areas in São Paulo State, Brazil, were examined for hematozoa during the period 1967-1972. Only 268 birds (7.8%) of 21 families harbored a blood parasite, which represented by species of Haemoproteus (3.5%), microfilaria (2.6%), Plasmodium (1.8%), Trypanosoma (0.8%) and Leucocytozoon (0.06%). The prevalence was similar in each of the six years of the study but a marked decrease in prevalence was noted in February and June of each year. The prevalence of parasitism was significantly different in each of the three areas sampled.

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Blood parasites of some birds from São Paulo State, Brazil

Blood parasites of some birds from São Paulo State, Brazil Gordon F. Bennett1  Oscar de Souza Lopes2  Memorial University of Newfoundland, International Reference Centre for Avian Haematozoa, Department of Biology, St. John's Newfoundland, Canada Instituto Adolf Lutz, Seção de Vírus Transmitidos por Artrópodos, São Paulo, Brasil ABSTRACT A total of 3.449 birds, representing 195 species of 33 families from three areas in São Paulo State, Brazil, were examined for hematozoa during the period 1967-1972. Only 268 birds (7.8%) of 21 families harbored a blood parasite, which represented by species of Haemoproteus (3.5%), microfilaria (2.6%), Plasmodium (1.8%), Trypanosoma (0.8%) and Leucocytozoon (0.06%). The prevalence was similar in each of the six years of the study but a marked decrease in prevalence was noted in February and June of each year. The prevalence of parasitism was significantly different in each of the three areas sampled. Full text available only in PDF format. Texto completo disponível apenas em PDF.


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Gordon F. Bennett, Oscar de Souza Lopes. Blood parasites of some birds from São Paulo State, Brazil, Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 117-134, DOI: 10.1590/S0074-02761980000100012