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Bacterial enteritis in an oriental white backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis) and its successful management

Author(s): Vijay Kumar | Prasenjit Dhar | Mandeep Sharma | Anshu Raj

Journal: Veterinary Science Development
ISSN 2038-9698

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: e1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Gyps bengalensis. enteritis. E coli. enrofloxacin

An oriental white backed vulture weighing about 8 kg was rescued from a farmer’s field in a moribund condition. The vulture was showing signs of drooping feathers and wings, anorexia, unable to stand, and severe enteritis with dehydration. Bacterial culture from the cloaca of the bird revealed association of hemolytic E. coli that was sensitive to enrofloxacin and ciprofloxacin. The bird was treated successfully with injectable enrofloxacin and oral rehydration solution. No parasitic eggs/protozoal oocysts or hemoprotozoan parasites could be detected in the bird. The bird recovered uneventfully and started taking feed and water normally.
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