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5 July 2021 Encephalitis Associated with Sarcocystis halieti Infection in a Free-Ranging Little Owl (Athene noctua)
Kristina Maier-Sam, Taina Kaiponen, Anna Schmitz, Christoph Schulze, Sabine Bock, Andreas Hlinak, Philipp Olias
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A juvenile Little Owl (Athene noctua) was diagnosed with granulomatous encephalitis and muscular sarcocysts. Sarcocystis halieti was identified in the brain and muscle tissue by PCR and subsequent sequencing. This is the first report of S. halieti as a potential encephalitis-causing pathogen in birds.

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Kristina Maier-Sam, Taina Kaiponen, Anna Schmitz, Christoph Schulze, Sabine Bock, Andreas Hlinak, and Philipp Olias "Encephalitis Associated with Sarcocystis halieti Infection in a Free-Ranging Little Owl (Athene noctua)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 57(3), 712-714, (5 July 2021). https://doi.org/10.7589/JWD-D-20-00184
Received: 28 October 2020; Accepted: 14 January 2021; Published: 5 July 2021
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