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An outbreak of mycobacteriosis in Gouldian finches caused by mycobacterium peregrinum

Vitali, S.D., Eden, P.A., Payne, K.L. and Vaughan, R.J. (2006) An outbreak of mycobacteriosis in Gouldian finches caused by mycobacterium peregrinum. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice, 9 (3). pp. 519-522.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cvex.2006.05.001
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Abstract

An outbreak of mycobacteriosis was detected in an aviary containing Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae) and golden shouldered parrots (Psephotus chrysopterygius). Affected birds developed granulomatous lesions, usually of the liver and intestine. Mycobacterium peregrinum, a species of the Mycobacterium fortuitum group, was cultured on pooled samples of intestinal tract from 31 euthanized finches. These rapid-growing mycobacteria are saprophytic organisms that are generally not associated with clinical disease in immunocomponenet hosts. This is the first report of mycobacteriosis in finches implicating M peregrinum as a causative agent.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: W.B. Saunders Ltd
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/31458
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