Cilia-associated respiratory bacillus infection in rats in New Zealand

Cilia-associated respiratory bacillus infection in rats in New Zealand
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Abstract

AIMS: To demonstrate cilia-associated respiratory (CAR) bacillus associated with chronic pneumonia in wild and pet rats in New Zealand.
METHODS: A range of tissues from 4 rats were examined grossly and by light microscopy and affected lungs were examined by transmission electron microscopy.
RESULTS: All 4 rats had moderate to severe cranioventral bronchopneumonia with bronchiectasis and large numbers of argentophilic bacteria resembling CAR bacillus, intimately associated with the bronchial epithelium.
CONCLUSIONS: CAR bacillus infection should be considered as a differential diagnosis for pneumonia in rats in New Zealand.
KEY WORDS: Rat, cilia-associated respiratory bacillus, CAR, bronchopneumonia.

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