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Volume 18, Number 11—November 2012

Research

Mycoplasmosis in Ferrets

Matti KiupelComments to Author , Danielle R. Desjardins, Ailam Lim, Carole Bolin, Cathy A. Johnson-Delaney, James H. Resau, Michael M. Garner, and Steven R. Bolin
Author affiliations: Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, USA (M. Kiupel, D.R. Desjardins, A. Lim, C. Bolin, S.R. Bolin); Eastside Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center, Kirkland, Washington, USA (C.A. Johnson-Delaney); Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA (J.H. Resau); and Northwest ZooPath, Monroe, Washington, USA (M.M. Garner)

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Figure 5

Scanning electron micrographs of the lung from a 2-year-old ferret that died of acute dyspnea, showing A) marked loss of cilia with multifocal degenerative changes characterized by bulbous swelling of cilia (arrows) and necrosis of bronchial epithelial cells (N) (scale bar = 1 µm); B) marked loss of cilia and numerous pleomorphic mycoplasma-like organisms diffusely attached to the mucosal surface (arrow) (scale bar = 1.25 µm); C) focal area of cilia loss and cell membrane damage with mycoplasma-

Figure 5. . . Scanning electron micrographs of the lung from a 2-year-old ferret that died of acute dyspnea, showing A) marked loss of cilia with multifocal degenerative changes characterized by bulbous swelling of cilia (arrows) and necrosis of bronchial epithelial cells (N) (scale bar = 1 µm); B) marked loss of cilia and numerous pleomorphic mycoplasma-like organisms diffusely attached to the mucosal surface (arrow) (scale bar = 1.25 µm); C) focal area of cilia loss and cell membrane damage with mycoplasma-like organisms (arrow) at the periphery of the lesion (scale bar = 400 nm); and D) many mycoplasma-like organisms (arrow) covering ciliated bronchial epithelial cells (scale bar = 2 µm).

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