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Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 41, Issue 7, pp 1241-1242

Ocurrence of Philophthalmus gralli (Trematoda: Philophthalmidae) in farmed ostriches in Brazil

  • Guilherme Gomes VerocaiAffiliated withCurso de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Veterinárias DPA/IV/UFRRJ, CNPq Scholarship Email author 
  • , Lauro Nogueira LopesAffiliated withAutonomous Veterinarian
  • , Leonardo BurliniAffiliated withCurso de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Veterinárias DPA/IV/UFRRJ, CNPq Scholarship
  • , Thaís Ribeiro CorreiaAffiliated withDoutora em Ciências Veterinárias
  • , Clarissa Pimentel de SouzaAffiliated withCurso de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Veterinárias DPA/IV/UFRRJ, CNPq Scholarship
  • , Katherina CoumendourosAffiliated withDepartamento de Parasitologia Veterinária–IV/UFRRJ

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Abstract

This paper reports the occurrence of parasitism by the Oriental eye-fluke, Philophthalmus gralli in ostriches reared in a commercial flock from the State of Minas Gerais State, Southeastern Brazil. The two affected birds presented lacrimation, inflammatory reaction and loss of body condition. After physical examination the birds revealed, 17 and 15 trematodes each, only in the right eyes. The economic impact of this parasite on Brazilian ostrich industry is still undetermined, requiring further studies.

Keywords

Brazil Conjunctivitis Eye-fluke Ostriches Philophthalmus gralli Struthio camelus Trematoda