Poultry Lice (Menopon gallinae) Infestation in Throat Poach of Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicilatus): A Case Report

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2021
Authors:P. Purwanta, Timur N. Putu Vidia
Journal:Advances in Animal and Veterinary Science
Date Published:Jan-01-2021
Keywords:Australian pelican, Infestation, poultry lice

Four males and eight females Australian Pelicans (Pelecanus conspisilatus), weighing around 6.0–7.5 kg and when a physical examination was done, it was founded that lice were stuck inside the throat pouch. These lice stuck almost on every pouch of the Australian Pelicans. The lesion that appeared was in the form of reddish spots from the bite of the lice. Microscopic examination of the lice was taken from the pouch and when examined under a microscope, a parasite known as poultry lice (Menopon gallinae) was founded. To our knowledge, it was the first report of poultry lice (Menopon gallinae) in Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicilatus) in Indonesia. The Australian Pelican was injected subcutaneously with ivermectin on the skin under the neck with dose 0,2 mg/kg of body weight, as well as vitamin ADE combination and B complex intramuscular injection for supportive therapy. The treatment was done again in the next two weeks and the in third weeks, all of the pelicans were freed from poultry lice (Menopon gallinae).

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