The Parasitic Fauna of the House Mouse, Mus Musculus, From the Henry Doorly Zoo

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Pocekay, John Michael
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1977
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This research is concerned with the parasites from the house mouse,Mus musculua, trapped at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. The purpose of this study was to determine if the house mouse served as a reservoir or intermediate host for parasites of exotic animals at the zoo. Mice were used because of case of capture, and secondly they were found to be in direct contact with the zoo animals at the capture site. | Parasitic infections of many of these animals prompted this study. Approximately one year before the start of this study, five golden-lion marmosets had died. Autopsies indicated the presence of acanthocephaian infections, although it could not he proved that this was the cause of death. Marmosets were one of several exotic animals which were in contact with the mice. Another case involved a water buffalo that had become ill due to a heavy parasite load. Treatment by zoo veterinarians proved effective. These case histories were obtained from personal communication with Dr. R. McCoy, a zoo veterinarian.
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