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Parasitic infection in a flock of Rufous-crested Bustards (Eupodotis ruficrista) in the United Arab Emirates

Nicholls, P.K., Bailey, T.A., Gibbons, L.M., Jones, A. and Samour, J.H. (1995) Parasitic infection in a flock of Rufous-crested Bustards (Eupodotis ruficrista) in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 26 (4). pp. 590-596.

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    Abstract

    Otiditaenia macqueeni, Raillietina sp., Paronchocerca tonkinensis and Allodapa sp. were recovered from a group of rufous-crested bustards (Eupodotis ruficrista) which died after importation into the United Arab Emirates. Associated findings at post-mortem examination included cardiac rupture, weight loss, trichomoniasis and enteritis. Histologic examinations revealed Paronchocerca sp. microfilariae in sections of liver, kidney, lung and myocardium. Haemoproteus telfordi and H. tenderoi were identified in blood smears from two of the birds. These parasites may be a contributary factor in the high mortality of rufous-crested bustards in captivity.

    Publication Type: Journal Article
    Publisher: American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
    Copyright: American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3369
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