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Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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VIEIRA-DA-MOTTA, O. et al. Microbiological and histological diagnosis in mortality of ostrich (Struthio camelus). Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2008, vol.60, n.4, pp.1014-1016. ISSN 1678-4162.

Several young ostrich, including nestlings, with lassitude and inappetence followed by death or victim of sudden death were immediately brought to diagnosis at an Animal Health Laboratory. At necropsy, animals presented hemorrhage and altered content of the vitelline sac, and necrotic foci in the small intestine; one animal showed necrotic pleuropneumonia with psammomatosus bodies in the lung parenchyma. The cultures from different samples revealed Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Serratia marcescens, Enterobacter aglomerans, and Pseudomonas mendocina. It was suggested one case of septicemia in an animal with exclusive growth of K. pneumoniae isolated from samples of small intestine, lung, and liver.

Keywords : ostrich; Struthio camelus; Enterobacteriacea; Pseudomonas spp.

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