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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-05-25 02:27:19 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] 2 new abstracts
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> J Comp Pathol. 2011 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]
> Pyogranulomatous Pleuropneumonia and Mediastinitis in Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) associated with Pseudomonas luteola Infection.
> Martínez J, Martorell J, Abarca ML, Olvera A, Ramis A, Woods L, Cheville N, Juan-Sallés C, Moya A, Riera A, Soto S.
> Source
> Departament de Sanitat i Anatomia Animals, Barcelona, Spain.
> Abstract
> Between 2008 and 2009, three pet ferrets from different sources presented with acute episode of dyspnoea. Cytological examination of pleural exudates revealed severe purulent inflammation with abundant clusters of rod-shaped microorganisms with a clear surrounding halo. Treatment was ineffective and the ferrets died 2-5 days later. Two ferrets were subjected to necropsy examination, which revealed pyothorax, mediastinal lymphadenopathy and multiple white nodules (1-2mm) in the lungs. Microscopical examination showed multifocal necrotizing-pyogranulomatous pleuropneumonia and lymphadenitis with aggregates of encapsulated microorganisms, some of which were positively stained by periodic acid-Schiff and alcian blue. In-situ hybridization for Pneumocystis spp., Ziehl-Neelsen staining and immunohistochemistry for distemper, coronavirus and influenza antigen were negative in all cases. Electron microscopically, the bacteria were 2-3μm long with a thick electron-lucent capsule. Microbiology from one ferret yielded a pure culture of gram-negative bacteria identified phenotypically as Pseudomonas luteola. This speciation was later confirmed by 16S RNA gene amplification.
> Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
> PMID: 21601873 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

> Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2011 May;14(2):357-67.
> Ferret respiratory system: clinical anatomy, physiology, and disease.
> Johnson-Delaney CA, Orosz SE.
> Source
> Eastside Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center, 12930 NE 125th Way, Kirkland, WA 98034, USA.
> Abstract
> The upper and lower respiratory tracts of ferrets have several similarities to humans, and therefore have been used as a research model for respiratory function. This article describes the clinical anatomy and physiology, and common respiratory diseases of the ferret.
> Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
> PMID: 21601818 [PubMed - in process]

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