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1 September 2017 Serratospiculosis in Captive Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) in Switzerland
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Infection with Serratospiculum species was identified in a captive peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) in Switzerland. Pathologic and parasitologic examination results revealed generalized severe granulomatous airsacculitis, with intralesional adults, larvae, and eggs of Serratospiculum species. Subsequently, an individual coprological analysis of the remaining 15 falcons (peregrine falcons and gyrfalcons [Falco rusticolus]) from the same owner was performed. Eggs of Serratospiculum species (4 birds) and Capillaria species (11 birds), and oocysts of Caryospora species (1 bird) were detected. Treatment with ivermection (2 mg/kg SC) was effective, as none of the falcons excreted Serratospiculum species eggs 10 days after one dose. To our knowledge, this is the first report of infection with Serratospiculum species in captive falcons in Europe.

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Inês B. Veiga, Marion Schediwy, Brigitte Hentrich, Caroline F. Frey, Nelson Marreros, and Nadine Stokar-Regenscheit "Serratospiculosis in Captive Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus) in Switzerland," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 31(3), 250-255, (1 September 2017). https://doi.org/10.1647/2016-204
Published: 1 September 2017
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