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Haemoproteus balearicae and other blood parasites of free-ranging Florida sandhill crane chicks

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

We obtained blood smears from 114 Florida sandhill crane (Grus canadensis pratensis) chicks in Osceola and Lake Counties, Florida, USA, during 1998-2000. Leucocytozoon grusi was observed in 11 (10%) chicks; Haemoproteus antigonis was observed in eight (7%) chicks; and three (3%) chicks were infected with Haemoproteus balearicae. One chick infected with H. balearicae suffered from severe anemia (packed cell volume=13%) and was later found moribund. At necropsy this bird also had severe anemia and damage to the heart possibly due to hypoxia. This is the first report of H. balearicae in free-ranging North American cranes. ?? Wildlife Disease Association 2004.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Haemoproteus balearicae and other blood parasites of free-ranging Florida sandhill crane chicks
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
40
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2004
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
First page:
682
Last page:
687
Number of Pages:
6