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DDE poisoning in an adult bald eagle

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

A 12-year-old female bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was found in May 1993 on Santa Catalina Island, California (USA), in a debilitated condition, exhibiting ataxia and tremors; it died within hours. On necropsy, the bird was emaciated but had no evidence of disease or physical injury. Chemical analyses were negative for organophosphorus pesticides and lead poisoning. High concentrations of DDE (wet weight basis) were found in the brain (212 ppm), liver (838 ppm), and serum (53 ppm). Mobilization of DDE, from depleted fat deposits, probably resulted in the lethal concentration in the eagle's brain.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
DDE poisoning in an adult bald eagle
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
33
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1997
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 299-303
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
299
Last page:
303
Number of Pages:
5