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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE (INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF VETERINARY RESEARCH)   2014 , Volume 8 , Number 1; Page(s) 59 To 62.
 
Paper: 

VISCERAL COCCISDIOSIS IN A COMMON MYNAH (ACRIDOTHERES TRISTIS) DUE TO ISOSPORA SP. INFECTION

 
 
Author(s):  ARABKHAZAELI F.*, MADANI S.A.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF PARASITOLOGY, FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

A captive adult common mynah (Acridotheres tristis) died shortly after a course of seizure and opisthotonous with an illness characterized by severe lethargy, depression, loss of appetite, polyurate, and urate discoloration. Abdominal distention and hepatomegly, visible over the abdominal skin, were noticed clinically. At necropsy, severe enlargement of liver with general discoloration was obvious. Histopathological findings included schizonts and gametes in the intestine, especially in the duodenum. Cytology from impression smears revealed intracytoplasmic Atoxoplasma-like zoites in the inflammatory cells especially macrophages within the liver and in the contact smears prepared from the liver, lung, and spleen. Based on postmortem findings of the organisms in blood mononuclear cells and in impression smears of liver and Giemsa stained impression smears of liver, the spleen and lung atoxoplasmosis caused by Isoapora sp. was specified as the cause of death. According to the literature, visceral coccidiosis (atoxoplasmosis), described here, could be considered as one of the severe causes of mortality among captive birds.

 
Keyword(s): ATOXOPLASMA, ISOSPORA, PET BIRD, VISCERAL COCCIDIOSIS
 
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