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Abstract

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

Abstract

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.