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European Journal of Wildlife Research

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 373–377 | Cite as

Microbiological survey for selected bacterial pathogens in European storm petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus, Linnaeus 1758) from Grosa Island (Murcia, Southeastern Spain)

  • Mónica G. CandelaEmail author
  • Gonzalo G. Barberá
  • Angel Sallent
  • Luis León
Short Communication

Abstract

The current work shows the first step in the knowledge on the health status of European storm petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus) colony inhabiting Grosa Island (Murcia, SE Spain). We performed a screening about the bacterial pathogens carried by them (among the infectious agents checked, bacteria of the orders Mollicutes and Chlamydiales, and the genera Salmonella are of main interest) and compare these results with similar works performed in Larus species because most of the breeding colonies of storm petrel share habitats with gull colonies, and these could become pathogen reservoirs to petrels. Our results show the European storm petrels sampled have absence of pathogens of main interest and low levels of opportunistic pathogens. No Mycoplasma species were isolated, and no Chlamydophila psittaci were demonstrated by lipopolysaccharide antigen immunodetection. The commensal bacteria were isolated in higher frequencies than the previous [Staphylococcus epidermidis (5/15), Staphylococcus hominis (2/15) and Staphylococcus aureus (1/15)]. The rate of isolation of Gram-negative was lower than in the previous Gram-positive bacteria [Pasteurella sp. (1/15) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (1/15)], and no Enterobacteriaceae were isolated. The absence of pathogen carriers on European storm petrel is the main conclusion of this survey; it is an evidence that the bacterial infectious pathogens described in gulls may not be an important selective force on their survival.

Keywords

Chlamydophila Mycoplasma Salmonella Larus Pasteurella Infection Epidemiology 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the LIFE programme of the EU, project LIFE 03 NAT/E/000061 “Conservation of Larus audouinii on Grosa Island, Murcia, Spain” and complies with the current laws regarding animal welfare and bioethics of Spain. The authors acknowledge the collaboration of the General Directorate of the Natural Environment of the Government of the Region of Murcia, especially the team of the LIFE project that made possible the conditions to carry out scientific and conservation studies in the island.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mónica G. Candela
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gonzalo G. Barberá
    • 2
    • 3
  • Angel Sallent
    • 3
  • Luis León
    • 1
  1. 1.Infectious Diseases, Department of Animal Health, Veterinary Medicine FacultyMurcia UniversityMurciaSpain
  2. 2.Water and Soil Conservation DepartmentCEBAS-CSICMurciaSpain
  3. 3.Asociación de Naturalistas del Sureste (ANSE)MurciaSpain

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