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

  • Guilherme Gomes Verocai
  • Lauro Nogueira Lopes
  • Leonardo Burlini
  • Thaís Ribeiro Correia
  • Clarissa Pimentel de Souza
  • Katherina Coumendouros
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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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guilherme Gomes Verocai
    • 1
  • Lauro Nogueira Lopes
    • 2
  • Leonardo Burlini
    • 1
  • Thaís Ribeiro Correia
    • 3
  • Clarissa Pimentel de Souza
    • 1
  • Katherina Coumendouros
    • 4
  1. 1.Curso de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Veterinárias DPA/IV/UFRRJCNPq ScholarshipSeropédicaBrasil
  2. 2.Autonomous VeterinarianIpatingaBrazil
  3. 3.Doutora em Ciências VeterináriasSeropédicaBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Parasitologia Veterinária–IV/UFRRJSeropédicaBrazil

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