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Disseminated visceral coccidiosis in whooping cranes

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

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Abstract

Three 13- to 18-day-old whooping cranes (Grus americana) and a 9-year-old whooping crane died in outdoor pens at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. The deaths were associated with an overwhelming systemic infection by an intracellular protozoan parasite, which resulted in enteritis, granulomatous bronchopneumonia, hepatitis, splenitis, and myocarditis. The clinical, histopathologic, and electron microscopic findings were similar to those in sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Patuxent Center found to be infected with Eimeria reichenowi and E gruis. Since these eimerian species also parasitize wild whooping cranes, this parasite might be an important pathogenic agent for this species.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Disseminated visceral coccidiosis in whooping cranes
Series title:
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume
177
Issue:
9
Year Published:
1980
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
845-848
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
First page:
845
Last page:
848