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An Enzootic “Growth” of Kenya Hedgehogs: Preliminary Observations

  • M. W. Gregory
  • L. Karstad
  • H. Frank
  • J. S. Kaminjolo

Abstract

Tumour-like growths affecting the subcutaneous tissues and regional lymph nodes were found in 11% of 140 hedgehogs (Erinaceus albiventris) captured in the Nairobi area of Kenya, and appeared to be a significant cause of mortality. Coccoid bodies, possibly fungi, were found in the lesions as well as in the lungs and in preputial smears. Findings on prevalence and pathology are described and possible causes discussed.

Keywords

Growth Material Subcutaneous Lesion Buccal Pouch Impression Smear Imperial Cancer Research Fund 
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Literature Cited

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    GREGORY, M.W. 1975. Notes on the Central African Hedgehog Erinaceus albiventris in the Nairobi area of Kenya. E. Afr. Wildl. J. in press.Google Scholar
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    SMITH, J.M.B. 1968. Diseases of Hedgehogs. Vet. Bull. 38: 425–430Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. W. Gregory
    • 1
  • L. Karstad
    • 2
  • H. Frank
    • 3
  • J. S. Kaminjolo
    • 3
  1. 1.Animal Hlth. & Indust.Trng.Inst.KabeteKenya
  2. 2.Vet.Res.Lab.Wlf. Dis.Sect.P.O.KabeteKenya
  3. 3.Dept.Pdh.& Microbiol.,Fac.Vet.Med.Univ. of NairobiKenya

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