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August 2020

Red Kite: Tongue, intraepithelial nematode eggs consistent with Capillaria-like sp. (Eucoleus dispar), without inflammatory reaction of the host

Animal: Red Kite (Milvus milvus), adult, female.

Organ: Tongue.

History: The animal was submitted to necropsy to determine the cause of death.

Autopsy findings: Necropsy was performed in order to rule out trauma or a shot wound. Histological examination revealed a severe, multifocal, granulomatous and necrotizing pneumonia likely to be the cause of animal’s death. No gross lesions were found in the tongue.

Diagnosis: Tongue, intraepithelial nematode eggs consistent with Capillaria-like sp. (Eucoleus dispar), without inflammatory reaction of the host.

Contributors: Daniela Klotz, Florian Hansmann, Christian Bauer