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1 April 1996 Hemolytic Anemia in Wild Seaducks Caused by Marine Oil Pollution
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Clinico-pathological examinations were conducted on wild white-winged scoters (Melanitta fusca) contaminated with fuel oil (Bunker C oil) from a capsized cargo ship in February 1993 in Japan. The erythrocyte count, hemoglobin concentration and hematocrit value in the oiled seaducks all were decreased and numerous immature erythrocytes were observed in blood smears. In addition, hemosiderosis was observed in the liver, kidney, and lung of some birds. We propose that the seaducks suffered from hemolytic anemia induced by ingestion of oil, which occurs when the birds preen their oiled plumage.

Yamato, Goto, and Maede: Hemolytic Anemia in Wild Seaducks Caused by Marine Oil Pollution
Osamu Yamato, Ikuo Goto and Yoshimitsu Maede "Hemolytic Anemia in Wild Seaducks Caused by Marine Oil Pollution," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 32(2), (1 April 1996). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-32.2.381
Received: 10 April 1995; Accepted: ; Published: 1 April 1996
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