Coccidioidomycosis in southern sea otters

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Disseminated coccidioidomycosis was diagnosed postmortem in six southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) found dying or dead along the Pacific Coast of California at San Luis Obispo County.  These otters were found during winter or summer 1992, 1993, and 1994.  Coccidioides immitis was identified by its morphology in tissue impression smears and by histopathology, and was confirmed by culture.  Positive serologic results were obtained from four of five sea otters tested.  The lungs, pleura, tracheobronchial lymph nodes, liver, and spleen were involved in each case.  There was meningeal involvement in half of the affected animals.  Coccidioidomycosis has been reported in a wild sea otter only once previously, in 1976, and that otter was also found on the coast of San Luis Obispo County.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Coccidioidomycosis in southern sea otters
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Conference Paper
Larger Work Subtype Conference Paper
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Coccidioidomycosis
First page 163
Last page 173
Conference Title Fifth International Conference on Coccidioidomycosis
Conference Location Palo Alto, CA
Conference Date August 24-27, 1994
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