Avian Dis.: Natural infection with Cryptosporidium galli in canaries (Serinus canaria), in a cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), and in lesser seed-finches (Oryzoborus angolensis) from Brazil.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Birds (Health aspects)
Birds (Research)
Cryptosporidium (Health aspects)
Cryptosporidium (Research)
Protozoan diseases (Risk factors)
Protozoan diseases (Research)
Authors: Antunes, R.G.
Simoes, D.C.
Nakamura, A.A.
Meireles, M.V.
Pub Date: 06/01/2009
Publication: Name: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery Publisher: Association of Avian Veterinarians Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Association of Avian Veterinarians ISSN: 1082-6742
Issue: Date: June, 2009 Source Volume: 23 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Brazil Geographic Code: 3BRAZ Brazil
Accession Number: 252006969
Full Text: Proventricular infection by Cryptosporidium species or Cryptosporidium galli has been associated with mortality, weight loss, diarrhea, and pasty feces. The purpose of this study was to report the occurrence of natural Cgalli infection in canaries (Serinus canaria), in a cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus), and in lesser seedfinches (Oryzoborus angolensis) with clinical complaints of apathy and sporadic mortality. Screening for Crvptosporidium species by using microscopic examination of fecal samples and stained smears, histopathology, and nested polymerase chain reaction for actin gene and 18S ribosomal RNA gene after sequencing of amplified fragments allowed for the identification of C galli. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of C galli in birds in Brazil and the first report of this species in lesser seed-finches.

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