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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

Volume 20(3):148-157, 2016.


Detection and genetic diversity of Chlamydia psittaci from pigeons and sparrows in public parks.


Mohammadreza Mahzounieh (DVM, PhD)1,4, Heidar Heidari Khoei (DVM)2,*, Mohammad Ghasemi Shamsabadi (DVM)3,4


1Department of Pathobiology, 3Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 4Research Institute of Zoonotic Diseases Shahrekord University, Shahrekord, 2Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran



Mahzounieh M, Heidari Khoei H, Shamsabadi MG., Detection and genetic diversity of Chlamydia psittaci from pigeons and sparrows in public parks, Onl J Vet Res., 20(3):148-157, 2016. Chlamydia psittaci (C. psittaci) has been reported in feral pigeons (Columba livia) and house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Public parks with high density of birds may pose a zoonotic threat to humans. We report shedding of C. psittaci in cloacal swabs from 100 birds and 24 people from 6 public locations around Shakeford city. Using PCR, 11 pigeons, 6 sparrows and 2 human swabs were positive for C. psittaci DNA. Genotyping revealed genotype B and genotype A in pigeon and sparrow positive samples. Findings suggest that pigeons and passerines in parks may harbor C. psittaci which could affect susceptible individuals.


Keywords: Chlamydia psittaci, genotype, zoonosis.