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Fatal pox infection in a rough-legged hawk

January 1, 1975

Natural pox infection occurred in a free-living rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus) in northeastern North Dakota. Gross, histological and electron microscopic findings were typical of pox infection, and characteristic lesions developed in red-tailed hawks (Buteo jamaicensis) but not in great horned owls (Bubo virginianus) following inoculation with case material. Death of the rough-legged hawk was attributed to starvation resulting from inability to capture prey and to blood loss from foot lesions.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1975
Title Fatal pox infection in a rough-legged hawk
Authors G.L. Pearson, D.A. Pass, E.C. Beggs
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Series Number
Index ID 1001335
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center