Presumed mycobacteriosis in laboratory zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata).


Journal Article

Husbandry staff noticed a research-naïve, young-adult, female finch tossing its head back intermittently. A second finch exhibiting similar signs was reported a few days later. Postmortem necropsy and histopathology with hematoxylin and eosin and acid-fast staining on the first finch revealed the presence of acid-fast organisms in several organs. After presumptive diagnosis of mycobacteriosis, all remaining finches housed in the same room as the first underwent necropsy and histology. Three additional finches were positive for Mycobacterium-like acid-fast organisms. Incidental findings of megabacteriosis were noted histopathologically on 2 other finches.

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Cited Authors

  • Asfaw, YG; Sun, FJ

Published Date

  • September 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 644 - 646

PubMed ID

  • 20858369

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20858369

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1559-6109


  • eng