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Suspected Aleutian disease in a wild otter (Lutra lutra)
  1. GA Wells,
  2. IF Keymer and
  3. KC Barnett
  1. Pathology Department, Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge, Surrey.


Clinical and pathological observations of a naturally occurring disease in a British wild otter (Lutra lutra) are reported. Systemic lymphoreticular proliferative changes with plasmacytosis, glomerulonephritis, arteritis and biliary hyperplasia closely resembled the pathological changes in Aleutian disease of mink (Mustela vison). Feral mink provided a possible source of infection.

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