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Hepatic coccidiosis in red lechwe (Kobus leche leche)
  1. J. Wessels1,
  2. M. E. Wessels1,
  3. R. Wood2 and
  4. J. Quayle3
  1. AHVLA – Preston, Barton Hall, Garstang Road, Barton, Preston PR3 5HE
  2. AHVLA – Aberystwyth, Y Buarth, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1ND
  3. Rose Cottage Veterinary Centre, Chester Road, Sutton Weaver, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 3EQ

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HEPATIC coccidiosis is relatively common in rabbits but only rarely reported in other mammals, including goats, a calf, a dog, and mink (Mahmoud and others 1994, Schafer and others 1995, Oruc 2007).

We would like to report two cases of hepatic coccidiosis in 12- to 18-month-old red lechwe (Kobus leche leche) in a mixed-aged herd of 74 animals from a zoological collection. The animals were submitted to Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) – Preston for postmortem examination with a brief history of diarrhoea before death. Case 1 had multifocal 1 to 2 mm diameter white spots within the liver, which contained soft white purulent material, and the bile ducts showed multifocal/segmental moderate ectasia containing yellow purulent material and bile. Moderate catarrhal enteritis with a coccidial oocyst count of 62,200 opg was also …

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