Journal article

Fasciola hepatica infection in farmed emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

JL Vaughan, JA Charles, JC Boray

AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL | AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY ASSN | Published : 1997

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe two cases of infection with Fasciola hepatica in young farmed emus, subacute and chronic fasciolosis and a response to treatment of the flock with albendazole. PROCEDURE: Gross lesions were found at necropsy and hepatic lesions in microscopic examination. The parasite recovered from one emu was identified by its morphological characteristics and an egg count reduction test was carried out after treatment of the flock with albendazole. RESULTS: Hepatic lesions resembling subacute and chronic fasciolosis of ruminants were identified. An adult fluke was recovered from the liver of one of the birds and was identified as F hepatica. The eggs of the fluke were irregular in s..

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