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Volume 61, Issue 3


Molecular screening for bacteria and protozoa in great cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis) nesting in Slovakia, central Europe

Bronislava Víchová / Katarína Reiterová / Silvia Špilovská / Lucia Blaňarová / Zuzana Hurníková / Ĺudmila Turčeková
Published Online: 2016-07-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0078


This study brings the data about the occurrence of bacterial and protozoan pathogens in 32 great cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis), representing approximately 20% of the population nesting in the surroundings of water basin Liptovská Mara (northern part of Central Slovakia). A survey revealed the presence of tick-borne bacteria Anaplasma phagocytophilum (6.25%) and parasitic protozoa Toxoplasma gondii (3.1%). These data indicate an infectious status of the great cormorant population nesting in Slovakia; they might suggest a degree of environmental contamination by infectious agents and demonstrate the role of migratory seabirds in the circulation and dispersal of pathogens with zoonotic potential.

Keywords: Great cormorant; Slovakia; ticks; Anaplasma; Toxoplasma; Neospora


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About the article

Received: 2015-07-15

Revised: 2016-03-31

Accepted: 2016-04-07

Published Online: 2016-07-21

Published in Print: 2016-09-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 61, Issue 3, Pages 585–589, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0078.

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