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1 March 2014 SEVERE WHIPWORM (TRICHURIS SPP.) INFECTION IN THE DROMEDARY (CAMELUS DROMEDARIUS)
Kyung-Yeon Eo, Dongmi Kwak, Oh-Deog Kwon
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Abstract

One adult (13-yr-old) and two young (3–4-yr-old) male dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) from the Seoul Zoo displayed anorexia and chronic diarrhea for 2 wk. Direct fecal smear examination revealed Trichuris spp. infection. After confirmation of the infection, fenbendazole was orally administered as a suspension; this was repeated two times at 3-wk intervals. A high initial dose (20 mg/kg) was followed by administration at the recommended dose (10 mg/kg). Starting on the day following the first treatment, a large number of adult whipworms were discharged with the feces over a 3-day period. Two young male dromedary camels gradually recovered. However, the adult male dromedary camel developed continuous bloody mucoid diarrhea and died 2 days after treatment. Postmortem examination revealed that numerous whipworms were attached to the mucosa throughout the large intestine.

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Kyung-Yeon Eo, Dongmi Kwak, and Oh-Deog Kwon "SEVERE WHIPWORM (TRICHURIS SPP.) INFECTION IN THE DROMEDARY (CAMELUS DROMEDARIUS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(1), 190-192, (1 March 2014). https://doi.org/10.1638/2013-0155R1.1
Received: 5 July 2013; Published: 1 March 2014
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Camelus dromedarius
Dromedary
fatal infection
fenbendazole
Trichuris
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