Lethal Toxoplasmosis in an Aviary of Kakarikis (CyanoramphusSpp.) in Australia

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Abstract

A small outbreak of fatal toxoplasmosis is described in 6 kakariki (Cyanoramphus spp.) in an aviary in Australia. Toxoplasma gondii-like tachyzoites were found associated with necrosis in intestine, spleen, liver, and lungs. Tachyzoites reacted positively with T. gondiispecific polyclonal antibodies. This is the first report of toxoplasmosis in kakariki.

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