Pulmonary Aspergillosis in a Great Rhea (Rhea americana)

Elizabeth Chang Reissig, Francisco A Uzal, Adriana Schettino, Carlos A. Robles

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A 5-mo-old great rhea (Rhea americana) gradually became emaciated over a 1-wk period and died. Necropsy revealed several small yellow nodules in the lungs. Microscopically, the nodules consisted of granulomas containing numerous thin, 4-μm-diameter, septate, branching fungal hyphae. Aspergillus fumigatus grew readily on Sabouraud dextrose agar. This report appears to be the first of mycotic pneumonia in great rheas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)754-756
Number of pages3
JournalAvian Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Great rhea
  • Pneumonia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Cancer Research
  • veterinary(all)

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    Reissig, E. C., Uzal, F. A., Schettino, A., & Robles, C. A. (2002). Pulmonary Aspergillosis in a Great Rhea (Rhea americana). Avian Diseases, 46(3), 754-756.