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Chlamydia psittaci in Fulmars on The Faroe Islands: A Causative Link to South American Psittacines Eight Decades After a Severe Epidemic
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology. (Helen Wang)
The Faroese Museum of Natural History, Torshavn, FO-100, Faroe Islands.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Infection medicine.
ANSES, Animal Health Laboratory, Bacterial Zoonoses Unit, F-94700 Maisons-Alfort, France.
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2020 (English)In: Microbes and infection, ISSN 1286-4579, E-ISSN 1769-714XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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A psittacosis epidemic linked to fulmar hunting occurred on the Faroe Islands in the 1930s. This study investigates a plausible explanation to the 20% human mortality in this outbreak. Phylogenetic analysis showed that C. psittaci isolated from fulmars were closely related to the highly virulent 6BC strains from psittacines and is compatible with an acquisition by fulmars of an ancestor of the 6BC clade in the 1930s. This supports the hypothesis that the outbreak on the Faroe Islands started after naïve fulmars acquired C. psittaci from infected dead parrots thrown overboard when shipped to Europe in the 1930s.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-406266DOI: 10.1016/j.micinf.2020.02.007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-406266DiVA, id: diva2:1414162
Available from: 2020-03-12 Created: 2020-03-12 Last updated: 2020-03-17Bibliographically approved

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