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An outbreak of malignant catarrhal fever in young rusa deer (Cervus timorensis)

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Tomkins, N.W., Jonsson, N.N., Young, M.P., Gordon, A.N. and McColl, K.A. (1997) An outbreak of malignant catarrhal fever in young rusa deer (Cervus timorensis). Australian Veterinary Journal, 75 (10). pp. 722-723. ISSN 0005-0423

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-0813.1997.tb12253.x


On the basis of clinical signs and histological findings eight 9-month-old male rusa deer (Cervus timorensis) were diagnosed with sheep associated-malignant catarrhal fever. Following a variable course involving rectal temperatures around 40.5°C, depression, inappetence, diarrhoea, corneal opacity and hypopyon all animals died or were euthanased over a 5-week period. Severe multifocal vasculitis, mainly periglomerular and in the arcuate vessels were consistent histological findings which in the past have been adequate to confirm clinical diagnosis of sheep associated-malignant catarrhal fever. A nested poly-merase chain reaction test has been used to detect a sheep associated-malignant catarrhal fever PRC product, 238 base-pairs in size, in DNA extracted from lymphocyte preparations. The result supported the diagnosis of sheep associated-malignant catarrhal fever in these deer.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Veterinary medicine > Veterinary epidemiology. Epizootiology
Veterinary medicine > Communicable diseases of animals (General)
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