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Fatal systemic toxoplasmosis in a rock hyrax (Procavia capensis)


Dervas, Eva; Hatt, Jean-Michel; Hilbe, Monika (2018). Fatal systemic toxoplasmosis in a rock hyrax (Procavia capensis). Veterinary Record Case Reports, 6(4):e000690.

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The present report describes a case of fatal toxoplasmosis in a two-year-old female rock hyrax (Procavia capensis). Major histopathological findings consisted of multifocal acute necrotising hepatitis, enteritis and adrenalitis, glial nodule formation in the brain, and suppurative splenitis with numerous intralesional protozoan tachyzoites and tissue cysts. Infection with Toxoplasma gondii was confirmed via immunohistochemical examination in the liver, adrenal gland, spleen, intestine, brain and the lung. To the authors’ knowledge this is the first case report of a systemic toxoplasmosis in a rock hyrax and in the family of Procaviidae.

Abstract

The present report describes a case of fatal toxoplasmosis in a two-year-old female rock hyrax (Procavia capensis). Major histopathological findings consisted of multifocal acute necrotising hepatitis, enteritis and adrenalitis, glial nodule formation in the brain, and suppurative splenitis with numerous intralesional protozoan tachyzoites and tissue cysts. Infection with Toxoplasma gondii was confirmed via immunohistochemical examination in the liver, adrenal gland, spleen, intestine, brain and the lung. To the authors’ knowledge this is the first case report of a systemic toxoplasmosis in a rock hyrax and in the family of Procaviidae.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Veterinary Pathology
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > General Veterinary
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Veterinary
Language:English
Date:1 November 2018
Deposited On:30 Nov 2018 13:52
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 08:16
Publisher:British Veterinary Association
ISSN:2052-6121
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1136/vetreccr-2018-000690

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