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1 October 1987 Omphalitis and Peritonitis in a Young West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus)
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Mortality data for the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) indicates that from 1979 to 1984 16% of the recorded deaths involved young juveniles. Necropsy of a young manatee from the west coast of Florida revealed an active infection of the umbilical area (omphalitis) extending down the umbilical artery and veins. A generalized peritonitis was present. Bacterial cultures revealed Streptococcus faecium, Plesiomonas shigelloides, Pseudomonas putrefaciens and Escherichia coli.

Walsh, Bossart, Young, and Rose: Omphalitis and Peritonitis in a Young West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus)
Michael T. Walsh, Gregory D. Bossart, W. Glenn Young Jr., and Patrick M. Rose "Omphalitis and Peritonitis in a Young West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 23(4), 702-704, (1 October 1987). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-23.4.702
Received: 24 February 1987; Published: 1 October 1987
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