Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi in a Sick Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)-A Case Report | OMICS International | Abstract
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Case Report

Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi in a Sick Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)-A Case Report

Markus Büker*

Small Animal Veterinary Practice, Dr. med. vet. M. Schmidt, Langenwiedenweg 77, DE-59457 Werl, Germany

Corresponding Author:
Markus Büker
Small Animal Veterinary Practice
Dr. med. vet. M. Schmidt, Langenwiedenweg 77
DE-59457 Werl, Germany
Tel: +49 2922 83709
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: September 28, 2013; Accepted Date: January 20, 2014; Published Date: January 23, 2014

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.


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.