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An unusual outbreak of Streptococcus bovis septicaemia in racing pigeons (Columba livia)
  1. P De Herdt,
  2. R Ducatelle,
  3. F Haesebrouck,
  4. LA Devriese,
  5. B De Groote and
  6. S Roels
  1. Laboratory of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology, University of Ghent, Belgium.


In December 1991, an outbreak of Streptococcus bovis septicaemia occurred in a Belgian pigeon loft where 25 male and 25 female racing pigeons were housed. The main clinical signs included inability to fly and poor breeding results. None of the female pigeons and only one male pigeon was able to fly. Nine affected pigeons were necropsied. Histologically a tenosynovitis of the tendon of the deep pectoral muscle was observed in most of them and S bovis was isolated from the canalis triosseus or the shoulder joints of five of the nine pigeons. The pigeons were successfully treated with ampicillin administered in the drinking water for seven days.

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