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Granulomatous lymphadenitis caused by Nocardia species in hunted wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Portugal
  1. A. C. Matos1,
  2. A. P. Dias1,
  3. M. Morais1,
  4. M. Matos1,
  5. M. L. Pinto1,
  6. A. C. Coelho1 and
  7. L. Figueira2
  1. 1Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Quinta de Prados, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal
  2. 2Escola Superior Agrária, Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to: A. C. Matos, School of Agriculture, Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, 6001-909 Castelo Branco, Portugal e-mail: acmatos{at}ipcb.pt

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Nocardia species infections in mammals cause pyogranulomatous lesions in a variety of organs and are described in a variety of mammals (Pier and Fichtner 1981), including marine mammals (Leger and others 2009) and domestic pigs (Koehne and Giles 1981).

In humans, Nocardia species have the potential to cause localised or disseminated infection (Cooper and others 2014). This genus has previously been detected in wild ungulates (Vemireddi and others 2007, Domenis and others 2009) but not in wild boar (Sus scrofa). Although hundreds of ungulates are hunted in the Iberian Peninsula annually, no case of nocardiosis from wild boar has been reported.

Seven samples of …

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