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Septicaemia caused by Edwardsiella tarda and Plesiomonas shigelloides in captive penguin chicks


Nimmervoll, H; Wenker, C; Robert, N; Albini, S (2011). Septicaemia caused by Edwardsiella tarda and Plesiomonas shigelloides in captive penguin chicks. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 153(3):117-121.

Abstract

Three cases of fatal septicaemia due to Plesiomonas shigelloides and one due to Edwardsiella tarda were diagnosed in newborn penguins from the Basle Zoo, Switzerland from 2003 to 2007. The affected penguins were of two different species (king penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus, and African penguin, Spheniscus demersus) and between 2 and 10 days old at the time of death. The causative agents, E. tarda and P. shigelloides are ubiquitous bacteria which are reported to be present in the normal intestinal flora of wild and captive aquatic animals, including penguins. Their occurrence and infectious potential is discussed.

Abstract

Three cases of fatal septicaemia due to Plesiomonas shigelloides and one due to Edwardsiella tarda were diagnosed in newborn penguins from the Basle Zoo, Switzerland from 2003 to 2007. The affected penguins were of two different species (king penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus, and African penguin, Spheniscus demersus) and between 2 and 10 days old at the time of death. The causative agents, E. tarda and P. shigelloides are ubiquitous bacteria which are reported to be present in the normal intestinal flora of wild and captive aquatic animals, including penguins. Their occurrence and infectious potential is discussed.

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Other titles:Edwardsiella tarda und Plesiomonas shigelloides Septikämien bei Pinguinküken im Zoo
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:11 Feb 2012 14:54
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:27
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:0036-7281
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/0036-7281/a000165
Official URL:http://www.verlag-hanshuber.com/zeitschriften/journal.php?abbrev=SAT&show=abstract&abstract=30838
PubMed ID:21360449

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