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Fatal adiaspiromycosis ina wild Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra)
  1. V. R. Simpson, BVSc,DTVM, MRCVS, FIBiol1 and
  2. D. Gavier-Widen, DVM,MS, PhD2
  1. 1 Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Polwhele, Truro, Cornwall TR4 9AD
  2. 2 Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Weybridge, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB


Postmortem examination of an immature otter which died in the wild showed that large areas of the lungs were swollen and firm, with emphysema and haemorrhage in the remaining areas. Histopathological examination revealed large numbers of fungal adiaspores and an unusually severe inflammatory response. It was considered that respiratory impairment was the primary cause of the otter's death.

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