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1 June 2012 HEPATIC CAPILLARIASIS IN CAPTIVE RING-TAILED LEMURS (LEMUR CATTA)
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A female ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) and her two cubs held in a zoo in Chile exhibited signs of severe hepatic insufficiency. In spite of supportive treatment, the three animals died a few days after the onset of signs. Postmortem examination revealed ascites and fibrotic lesions in the liver of all the individuals. Histologically, the liver of two of them showed a severe parasitic ova infection and lipidosis, the morphologic characteristics of the parasitic ovas were consistent with Capillaria hepatica (syn. Calodium hepatica) eggs. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first clinical case report of hepatic capillariasis in prosimians, and its implications are discussed.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Martín Zordan, Marcela Tirado, and Claudia López "HEPATIC CAPILLARIASIS IN CAPTIVE RING-TAILED LEMURS (LEMUR CATTA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 43(2), 430-433, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1638/2011-0250.1
Received: 22 November 2011; Published: 1 June 2012
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