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Disseminated visceral coccidiosis in sandhill cranes

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

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Abstract

Disseminated visceral coccidiosis (DVC) caused by Eimeria spp was first recognized as a disease entity in captive sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) and whooping cranes (G americana) at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Because cranes produced at the Center are reintroduced to the wild to augment wild populations, studies involving both experimentally induced and natural infections were initiated to determine the potential or actual occurrence of DVC in wild Gruidae. Nine sandhill cranes dosed orally with eimerian oocysts of wild origin developed lesions characteristic of DVC. Extraintestinal granulomas associated with developing schizonts were found in 6 birds. Similar lesions were observed in wild sandhill cranes throughout parts of midwestern United States, Alaska, and Saskatchewan. These studies revealed the wide geographic distribution and the high frequency of occurrence of DVC in wild cranes.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Disseminated visceral coccidiosis in sandhill cranes
Series title:
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume
185
Issue:
11
Year Published:
1984
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
1343-1346
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
First page:
1343
Last page:
1346