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Subject:FW: Pigeon and Parasites? Big News!
From:Gail Wieberdink <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Gail Wieberdink <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 2 Feb 2012 10:06:31 -0600

Follow the link to the main article.  Great work being done at WRC!



From: Tami at Wildlife Rehab Center [] 
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2012 9:25 AM
Subject: Pigeon and Parasites? Big News!


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First Case Outside of Germany


Our day-to-day mission is to provide emergency care for orphaned and injured wildlife. Part of that care is attempting to diagnose what is wrong with an animal.

After years of watching pigeons with consistent neurologic symptoms, Vet Leslie sent a pigeon that needed to be euthanized to the UMN's Diagnostic Lab for a necropsy.

Arno Wuenschmann, a veterinary diagnostician at the DLab, found something interesting: a parasite called Sarcocystis Calchasi that lives in the bird's muscles. This the first time the parasite has been identified outside of Germany where it is increasing rapidly.

Since then, several more pigeons have been diagnosed with this parasite (the muscle cysts created by the parasite are shown at left, photo by Wuenschmann).

The big news was picked up by Scientific American and Leslie's guest blog on this amazing discovery can be found  <> here.

You can watch a video of a pigeon infected with Sarcocystis Calchasi on our  <> YouTube channel.


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