Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae septicemia in a Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

T. Opriessnig, R.K. Vance, P.G. Halbur

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Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae (E. rhusiopathiae) septicemia was demonstrated in a captive Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novae guineae). The bird died after a 2-week period of weakness and weight loss. At necropsy, the bird was emaciated and had reddened and wet lungs. Microscopic lesions were limited to hepatic and pulmonary congestion with focal thrombosis. Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae was isolated by routine bacterial culture from several organs. Further characterization of the isolate by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis indicated that the isolate has a new genotype pattern 3A(III), which is 91.7% homologous to an E. rhusiopathiae that was isolated from a pig in 2001 and 88% homologous to an isolate recovered in 2000 from a turkey with septicemia. This is the first report of E. rhusiopathiae-induced septicemia in a kookaburra.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-499
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2005


  • Animals
  • Bird Diseases/microbiology
  • Bird Diseases/pathology
  • Birds
  • DNA, Bacterial/chemistry
  • DNA, Bacterial/genetics
  • Electrophoresis, Gel, Pulsed-Field/veterinary
  • Erysipelothrix/classification
  • Erysipelothrix/genetics
  • Erysipelothrix/isolation & purification
  • Erysipelothrix Infections/microbiology
  • Erysipelothrix Infections/pathology
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Sepsis/microbiology
  • Sepsis/pathology
  • Sepsis/veterinary


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