Shea speaks with BDN about LPDV research among wild turkeys 

Stephanie Shea spoke with the Bangor Daily News about a study she led as a University of Maine Ph.D. student to determine the prevalence of Lymphoproliferative virus (LPDV) among Maine wild turkeys and the factors that can influence their chance of infection. All of the turkeys that tested positive for the virus during the study showed no outward symptoms of it, said Shea, now an assistant diagnostician with University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab. “Every single one of them we tested were asymptomatic but more than half of them had the disease,” she said. “Could this pathogen that is obviously circulating have subclinical effects impacting (wild turkey) reproduction and survival?”