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Avian Malaria

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    Posted: October 02 2018 at 3:31am
I had never heard of this, but if there can be avian flu, why not avian malaria?

Originally posted by BBC BBC wrote:

A zoo has been forced to fill its new penguin exhibit with models, as a shortage of birds means it is unable to get the real thing.

Telford Exotic Zoo, in Shropshire, spent months building a penguin enclosure and was expecting a delivery of Humboldt penguins this summer.

But owner Scott Adams said a recent avian malaria outbreak means they cannot get any....

What is avian malaria?

    Avian malaria is caused by a different parasite to human malaria, and is endemic in domestic birds

    The human form is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito, which does not thrive in colder areas of Europe

    However, the parasite that is carried by the Culex mosquito, which causes the avian strain, is an established UK species

    Although it does not usually kill, it can be lethal to species which have not evolved resistance to the disease, such as penguins

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