Erysipelas in a free-ranging Hawaiian crow (Corvus hawaiiensis)

Avian Diseases
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We describe a case of erysipelas in a free-ranging endangered Hawaiian crow. The partially scavenged carcass exhibited gross emaciation and petechial hemorrhages in both lungs. Microscopy revealed multiple necrotic foci associated with gram-positive rods in the liver and adrenal, diffuse acute proximal tubular necrosis of kidney, diffuse necrosis and inflammation of proventricular mucosa associated with gram-positive rods, and multiple intravascular aggregates of gram-positive rods associated with thrombi. Culture of the kidney revealed the bacterium to be Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. The implications of this finding to free-ranging crows remain unclear.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Erysipelas in a free-ranging Hawaiian crow (Corvus hawaiiensis)
Series title Avian Diseases
DOI 10.2307/1592627
Volume 43
Issue 2
Year Published 1999
Language English
Publisher American Association of Avian Pathologists
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 4 p.
First page 338
Last page 341
Country United States
State Hawai'i
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