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18 February 2016 Invasion of Flukes of the Echinostomatidae Family in Racing Pigeon ( Columba livia var. domestica) Lofts
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Over 4 years, only two known cases of fluke invasions were diagnosed in racing pigeons (Columba livia) originating from different regions of Poland. In both cases, the invasion was characterized by a very high mortality (approximately 70%), and the source of the infestation was snails of the Lymnaeidae family eaten by pigeons. Fluke invasions in pigeons are extremely rare and to date have not been described in Poland. Therefore, the occurrence of the symptoms of hemorrhagic diarrhea and sudden deaths of either adult pigeons or nestlings were suspected to be associated with poisoning. Autopsy revealed an invasion of flukes causing hemorrhagic enteritis. Renal failure and spleen atrophy were also found in the birds. Using molecular biology techniques, infestation with the fluke Echinostoma revolutum was determined in the second case.

Aleksandra Ledwoń, Beata Dolka, Tomasz Piasecki, Izabella Dolka, and Piotr Szeleszczuk "Invasion of Flukes of the Echinostomatidae Family in Racing Pigeon ( Columba livia var. domestica) Lofts," Avian Diseases 60(2), 523-527, (18 February 2016). https://doi.org/10.1637/11343-120715-CaseR
Received: 10 December 2015; Accepted: 1 February 2016; Published: 18 February 2016
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