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Aspergillosis in a North Island robin (Petroica longipes).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16317449     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
CASE HISTORY: A 3-year-old female North Island robin (Petroica longipes) was found dead on Tiritiri Matangi Island during the breeding season. CLINICAL FINDINGS: The bird was in poor condition, and there was a 13 x 8 mm granulomatous mass in the thoracic cavity causing displacement of the heart and left lung. Histologically, the mass was a large granuloma infiltrated with fungal hyphae, and the liver contained multifocal aggregates of inflammatory cells. DIAGNOSIS: Thoracic aspergillosis and multifocal hepatitis. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Determining the causes of death in populations of wild birds is often hampered by a lack of recovery of carcasses, autolysis and poor clinical history. In this case, the life history of the bird was known and recovery of the body was relatively swift. This is the first published description of aspergillosis in a free-living North Island robin.
M Low; A Berggren; K J Morgan; M R Alley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  New Zealand veterinary journal     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0048-0169     ISO Abbreviation:  N Z Vet J     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-30     Completed Date:  2006-02-27     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0021406     Medline TA:  N Z Vet J     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  462-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Ecology Group, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Animals, Wild / microbiology
Aspergillosis / epidemiology,  pathology,  veterinary*
Aspergillus fumigatus / isolation & purification*,  pathogenicity
Fatal Outcome
New Zealand / epidemiology
Songbirds / microbiology*

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