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1 March 2009 Mycobacterial Infection in a Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella): A Diagnostic Conundrum
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An adult male, wild-caught fairy bluebird (Irena puella) was evaluated after diagnosis of hepatic mycobacterial disease in a bird sharing the same quarantine space. Initial results did not reveal leukocytosis or acid-fast organisms in a liver biopsy. However, Mycobacterium avium was found in the liver via polymerase chain reaction (PCR). After euthanasia, acid-fast stains remained negative in the liver, although PCR was positive and M. avium complex (identified by high-performance liquid chromatography) was isolated from the liver. PCR could offer a relatively sensitive and rapid diagnostic test in the investigation of mycobacterial disease in avian patients.

P. K. Robbins, Scott P. Terrell, Dan Bradway, and Fonda Wier "Mycobacterial Infection in a Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella): A Diagnostic Conundrum," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 40(1), 189-192, (1 March 2009). https://doi.org/10.1638/2007-0011.1
Received: 9 February 2007; Published: 1 March 2009
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