Coccidial infections in birds

C Douglas Page, Kim Haddad

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Abstract

Coccidian parasites are protozoans in the subphylum Apicomplexa, class Sporozoa, which have a characteristic apical complex of organelles in the infective stages that enable the parasites to enter host cells. These intracellular organisms cause a myriad of diseases in avian species by destroying the cells they invade. For the clinician, some of these parasites can present an antemortem diagnostic challenge owing to the variety of bird species and organ systems affected; therefore, instituting an effective treatment regimen can be an additional hurdle. This article reviews the following coccidian parasites of nondomestic avian species: Eimeria, Isospora, Caryospora, Cryptosporidium, Atoxoplasma, Sarcocystis, and Toxoplasma. Life cycles, clinical signs, diagnostic tests, prevention, and treatment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-144
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Birds
Parasites
Apicomplexa
parasites
birds
Infection
infection
Caryospora
Bird Diseases
Isospora
Sarcocystis
bird diseases
Eimeria
Cryptosporidium
Toxoplasma
Life Cycle Stages
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Organelles
diagnostic techniques
organelles

Keywords

  • antiprotozoal drugs
  • Apicomplexa
  • Avian parasites
  • coccidia
  • protozoans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals

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Coccidial infections in birds. / Page, C Douglas; Haddad, Kim.

In: Seminars in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1995, p. 138-144.

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Page, C Douglas ; Haddad, Kim. / Coccidial infections in birds. In: Seminars in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine. 1995 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 138-144.
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