Archive: 2011

Blackbird (Turdus merula) with avian malaria

Avian malaria is caused by different sorts of the plasmodium parasite which differ to those that affect man. Infected birds may die suddenly or otherwise show general malaise with fever or hypothermia (sitting with puffed up feathers), respiratory difficulty, and dehydration. Avian malaria is spread by mosquitoes,
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2010 – 2011: A retrospective look at Q-fever in deer

This project will involve the retrospective analysis of stored serum and tissue samples from deer previously submitted to the DWHC for post-mortem investigation, for the presence of infection with the bacterial cause of Q-fever, Coxiella burnetti.
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Yersinia pseudotuberculosis infection in a hare

In February 2011 an adult female hare which was in poor condition and had lost its flight reflex was euthanised and submitted to the DWHC for post-mortem investigation. The hare died from septicemia (blood poisoning) secondary to the severe, systemic infection with Y. pseudotuberculosis.
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