Piroplasmosis in a captive Grant’s Zebra Equus quagga boehmi (Mammalia: Perissodactyla: Equidae) - a case study

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Sarat Kumar Sahu
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7574-0578
Niranjana Sahoo
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-7986
Bijayendranath Mohanty
Debabrat Mohapatra

Abstract

An apparently healthy 2½-year-old male Grant’s Zebra weighing approximately 200kg located at Nandankanan Zoological Park, Odisha, India, procured from Zoological Centre, Tel Aviv- Ramat Gan, Israel during September 2015 was noticed in a sitting position making frequent attempts to get up.  The zebra was immobilised the same day with a combination of 1.96mg etorphine hydrochloride, 8.0mg of acepromazine and 40.0mg of xylazine hydrochloride to facilitate diagnosis and treatment.  Clinical examinations did not reveal any signs suggestive of disease or disorder of the musculoskeletal system.  Microscopic examination of blood smears stained in Giemsa’s stain revealed the presence of intra-erythrocytic inclusions, either single or pairs, suggestive of haemoprotozoans, i.e., B. caballi and/or T. equi.  The zebra was administered with two divided doses of imidocarb injection @4.0mg/kg b.wt. deep intramuscularly in the neck region with supportive therapy.  Progressive improvement in posture, gait, and appetite were noticed following 24h of medication.  Three more doses of imidocarb were administered at 72h intervals, each time after immobilisation.  

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Sahu, S.K., Sahoo, N., Mohanty, B. and Mohapatra, D. 2020. Piroplasmosis in a captive Grant’s Zebra Equus quagga boehmi (Mammalia: Perissodactyla: Equidae) - a case study. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 5 (Apr. 2020), 15646–15650. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.4411.12.5.15646-15650.
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Sarat Kumar Sahu, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Po-Barang, Khordha District, Odisha 754005, India.

Veterinary Surgeon, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Dept of Forest, Govt of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, India

Niranjana Sahoo, Department of Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology, Unit-8, Surya Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751003, India.

Professor and Head, Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

Bijayendranath Mohanty, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology, Unit-8, Surya Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751003, India.

Associate Professor, Department Veterinary Parasitology, College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

Debabrat Mohapatra, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Po-Barang, Khordha District, Odisha 754005, India.

Specialist, Nandankanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

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