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1 April 2007 Detection of Diplotriaena verminosis in wattled starlings in South Africa
F. O. Fasina, M. M. Sirdar, G. J. Scheepers
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Seven emaciated carcasses of wattled starlings were presented to the Poultry Reference Centre, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria. Necropsy findings revealed several large nematode worms which were collected and deposited at the Helminthology Section of the Faculty. The worms were identified as Diplotriaena species. Other lesions were noticed, some of which were believed to be associated with this case of nematodiasis. More investigation and a field visit were made to the site of original collection,with more worms recovered from other dead birds of the same species. Although there have been reported cases of diplotriaeniasis in East, West and North Africa, this is the first time that the worm has been reported from southern Africa.

F. O. Fasina, M. M. Sirdar, and G. J. Scheepers "Detection of Diplotriaena verminosis in wattled starlings in South Africa," South African Journal of Wildlife Research 37(1), 101-103, (1 April 2007).
Received: 6 November 2006; Accepted: 1 February 2007; Published: 1 April 2007
Diplotriaena spp
wattled starlings
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