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1 January 2005 Sarcocystis neurona-associated Meningoencephalitis and Description of Intramuscular Sarcocysts in a Fisher (Martes pennanti)
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A free-ranging juvenile fisher (Martes pennanti) with ataxia, lethargy, stupor, and intermittent, whole-body tremors was examined postmortem. Microscopically, the fisher had protozoal meningoencephalitis caused by Sarcocystis neurona, which was confirmed by immunohistochemistry, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and restriction fragment length polymorphism testing, and genetic sequencing. Sarcocysts found in the skeletal muscle of the fisher were negative for S. neurona by PCR, but were morphologically similar to previous light and electron microscopy descriptions of S. neurona. This is the first report of clinical neural S. neurona infection in a fisher.

Gerhold, Howerth, and Lindsay: Sarcocystis neurona-associated Meningoencephalitis and Description of Intramuscular Sarcocysts in a Fisher (Martes pennanti)
Richard W. Gerhold, Elizabeth W. Howerth, and David S. Lindsay "Sarcocystis neurona-associated Meningoencephalitis and Description of Intramuscular Sarcocysts in a Fisher (Martes pennanti)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 41(1), 224-230, (1 January 2005). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-41.1.224
Received: 11 January 2004; Published: 1 January 2005
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