Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi in a Sick Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)-A Case Report
Received Date: Sep 28, 2013 / Accepted Date: Jan 20, 2014 / Published Date: Jan 23, 2014
Borrelia (B.) burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, is the most important zoonotic pathogen in the northern hemisphere. This report describes a peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) infected with B. burgdorferi. The patient was presented with a swollen intertarsal joint, diarrhoea, and a reduced general condition. Radiographs were inconspicuous. Antibacterial treatment against the bacterium Escherichia coli found in the intestine and joint did not lead to success. The serological testing for B. burgdorferi was positive. The bird recovered well after a therapy for borreliosis similar to that in humans and mammals. In future, it should be taken into account that raptors are susceptible to B. burgdorferi.
Keywords: Lyme disease; Borrelia burgdorferi; Raptor
Citation: Büker M (2014) Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi in a Sick Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) – A Case Report. Epidemiol 4: 143. Doi: 10.4172/2161-1165.1000143
Copyright: © 2014 Castro JG. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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