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Volume 23 (3):170-177, 2019.
Prevalence of Plasmodium relictum in pigeons detected by PCR.
Haider Mohammed Ali Al-Rubaie, Eman Abd-Allah Qazaz, Alaa Kamil Mahmood.
Department of Parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bagdad, Baghdad, Iraq.
Ali Al-Rubaie HM, Abd-Allah Qazaz E, Mahmood AK., Prevalence of Plasmodium relictum in pigeons detected by PCR, Onl J Vet Res., 23 (3):170-177, 2019. male and 15 female adult domesticated pigeons (Columba livia domestica) were tested by PCR for Plasmodium relictum in Baghdad, Iraq from 1/1/2018 to 1/5/2018. Infection rate was ~14.3% (4/28) with 23% (3/13) in males and 6.7% (1/15) in females. Under NCBI accession number MK 185101 version MK 185101.1 phylogenetic tree we identified Plasmodium relictum to be 100% compatible with isolates from Russia, Lithuania, South Africa and China and 96 % to 99% with others. Our findings suggest similar prevalence and isolates in Iraq as reported by others.
Key-words: Plasmodium, Pigeons, Prevalence.