22.09.11.Ptichy trichomoniasis, raged for years among chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) and greenfinches (Carduelis chloris) in the UK, has now spread to the continent, the BBC reported, citing an article in a scientific journal Ecohealth («Eco-Health").
Outbreak of the deadly bird ailments found among birds in Scandinavia and Finland. Microbiological investigations showed that there it is the same strain of unicellular parasites — Trichomonas.
Trichomoniasis was first observed in birds finches family (which includes greenfinches and chaffinches) in 2005, in the West of England and Wales. Ornithologists believe Finches caught him in pigeons and ducks. For several years, avian trichomoniasis spread across Britain, wiping out 35% of the local population and 7% of greenfinches finches. Get and other birds such as house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Now, the disease seems to be stepped over the sea.
British Ornithologists are alarmed and called continental colleagues to take joint action. "Trichomoniasis is a greater threat to the birds, so that veterinarians and ornithologists is important to work together to explore the spread of the parasite and its effects on bird populations of Europe" — wrote in the above article Becky Lawson (Becki Lawson), a veterinarian from the Zoological Society of London ( Zoological Society for London).
Her colleague Mike Toms (Mike Toms) of the British Ornithological Trust (British Trust for Ornithology) urged the European ornithologists to tell them about all the birds seen with symptoms of trichomoniasis: ruffled feathers, lethargy and inappropriate behavior.
Avian trichomoniasis is not dangerous to humans, can not be said about the bird flu (H5N1). Since 2003, the South-East Asia have died from this ailment dozens. For several years, the entire western world, including Russia, in fear waiting for the arrival of the disease, which, thankfully, has not happened yet. Recently in Vietnam in poultry was detected mutant strain of bird flu H5N1 — 126.96.36.199, which caused a new wave of panic. However, it later turned out that it does not threaten human health.
Source: Round the world