Saturday, April 18, 2009


A ProMED-mail post

ProMED-mail is a program of the
International Society for Infectious Diseases

Date: Fri 17 Apr 2009
From: Kevin Hynes

In late March and early April 2009, cultures from 3 pine siskins from
Warren County and one house sparrow from Putnam County, New York,
have yielded _Salmonella typhimurium_. In years past we have found
common redpolls and pine siskins to be the most frequent victims of
salmonellosis at bird feeders in the late winter and early spring.

Kevin Hynes
Biologist 1
Wildlife Pathology Unit
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
108 Game Farm Road
Delmar, New York 12054

[Thanks to Kevin for this useful information but it raises a
question: Do we discover the salmonella because the birds
die/defecate in full view next to feeders or is it because the feed
is contaminated ab initio? - Mod.MHJ]

[See also:
Salmonellosis, wild birds - USA: (ID) 20090417.1456]

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