Systemic toxoplasmosis in a five-month-old beaver, ...



Title Systemic toxoplasmosis in a five-month-old beaver, (Castor canadensis)
Author(s) M. J. Forzán, S., J. Frasca
Journal Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Date 2004
Volume 35
Issue 1
Start page 113
End page 115
Abstract A 5-mo-old orphan beaver, Castor canadensis, died of severe systemic toxoplasmosis during rehabilitation. Histologic lesions included lymphohistiocytic encephalitis, myocarditis, and interstitial pneumonia with multinucleated cells. Intracytoplasmic cysts containing tachyzoites and bradyzoites identified as Toxoplasma gondii by immunohistochemistry were present in macrophages, type-II pneumocytes, and endothelial cells. Immunohistochemistry using a polyclonal morbillivirus antibody and transmission electron microscopy of lung revealed no evidence of concurrent paramyxoviral infection, as commonly found in carnivores with toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis may affect young beavers in rehabilitation and zoological settings.
DOI 10.1638/03-031
PubMed ID 15193086

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