Fatal Aerosacculitis and Pneumonia Associated with Eucoleus sp. (Nematoda: Capillaridae) in the Lungs of a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Center/Centre québécois sur la santé des animaux sauvages, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, 3200, rue Sicotte, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada J2S 2M2.
Journal of wildlife diseases (Impact Factor: 1.36). 07/2012; 48(3):832-4. DOI: 10.7589/0090-3558-48.3.832
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A Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) died of verminous and bacterial pneumonia and aerosacculitis associated with capillarid nematodes of the genus Eucoleus. This represents an aberrant location for these helminths in avian hosts. Although positive identification was not possible, the worms resembled Eucoleus aerophilus, a species not reported previously from birds.

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