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Disseminated visceral coccidiosis in whooping cranes

June 16, 2010

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1980
Title Disseminated visceral coccidiosis in whooping cranes
Authors J. W. Carpenter, T.R. Spraker, M.N. Novilla
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Index ID 5221623
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center