Fatal Outbreak of Mycoplasma capricolum Pneumonia in Endangered Markhors
Stéphane Ostrowski , Francois Thiaucourt, Mulojon Amirbekov, Abdurahmon Mahmadshoev, Lucía Manso-Silván, Virginie Dupuy, Dustmurod Vahobov, Orom Ziyoev, and Stefan Michel
Author affiliations: Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, New York, USA (S. Ostrowski); Centre de Cooperation International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement, Montpellier, France (F. Thiaucourt, L. Manso-Silván, V. Dupuy); Ministry of Agriculture, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (M. Amirbekov, A. Mahmadshoev, O. Ziyoev); Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Dushanbe (D. Vahobov); Nature Protection Team, Dushanbe and Khorog, Tajikistan (S. Michel)
Figure 1. Pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma capricolum subsp. capricolum in markhors (Capra falconeri), Tajikistan, 2010. A) Adult male markhor found dead with signs of pneumonia and no indications of emaciation. B) Disseminated gray areas of consolidation in the cardiac lobe of the right lung with mucopurulent exudate in bronchi. C) Diffuse proliferative interstitial pneumonia associated with a lesion of suppuration (hematoxylin and eosin stain; original magnification ×40). D) Interstitial pneumonia showing fibrotic thickening of alveolar walls and epithelialization of pneumocytes (hematoxylin and eosin stain; original magnification ×250).
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